12/96 Cover Story: Best of Breed
These four Digital Dream Teams combine some
of the Best New Systems with State-of-the-Art Peripherals.
Want an affordable, loaded Pentium Pro from a major manufacturer?
Here it is.
BIGGER, BETTER, FASTER-hang around personal computers long enough
and those words will ring in your ears like the chant of a Greek
chorus. The past year has seen more prolific developments than
ever. Speedy new processors are spinning clocks at almost unimaginable
speeds, input is easier, output more brilliant, and enormous amounts
of information are within reach around the world or on gigabyte-gobbling
Did we mention value? Travel back a dozen or so years and a top-of-the-line
PC would have set you back $5,000. All that for the kind of processing
power that today is squeezed onto a slender silicon slice and
tucked into palm-sized gadgets called personal digital assistants
(PDAs). In fact, today $5,000 will buy you processing power you
wouldn't have dreamed of 12 years ago.
To show you how to best put this processing power to work, we
configured four of the top systems we've seen recently and combined
them with some of today's hottest peripherals. Our high-end setup
will satisfy the most insatiable appetites for power, while our
office ensemble will help keep small businesses from the jaws
of their competition. Our entertainment system gives you a good
reason to stay put, but when it's time for the rubber to hit the
road, the mobile computing kit lets you take along the comforts