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Don't forget the monitor

Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 14, 1998


It pays to read the fine print, especially for computers advertised for $1,000 or less. The price for many does not include a monitor.

That is a common practice in computer marketing, even though it is a bit like advertising a bargain price on a car without wheels.

A monitor can add anywhere from $200 for a bottom-of-the-line 15-inch model to $400 and more for a 17-inch display. Consumers should look for monitors with a .28 dot pitch or lower (the lower the number, the crisper the display).

Once the monitor is added, some sub-$1,000 PCs easily break the $1,000 barrier.

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