Don't forget the monitor
Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published September 14, 1998
t 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.