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12/96 Cover Story: Multimedia to the Max

Home movies won't be the same after you introduce your
family to the three 'e's-education, entertainment and exploration.

System: IBM Aptiva S66
IBM Consumer Division
800-426-7235 x4340

IBM's Aptiva S66 is a worthy entertainment system that fits into any decor. This stylish system eschews the dull, putty color of office machines in favor of a sleek design that tucks its drives in a pop-up bay below the 15-inch monitor.

The S66's 166MHz processor provides ample power, and its 8X CD-ROM drive will make installing or running games and educational applications a snap. Seize control of the Aptiva's comfortable joystick and steer your way through the generous software bundle. A wireless mouse provides freedom to roam, and if your wanderings take you to new frontiers, fear not-the Aptiva S66 has room to grow. (Reviewed in this issue)

Communications: U.S. Robotics Sportster Voice 28.8/External
US Robotics
800-DIALUSR, 847-676-7010

Full-duplex speakerphone, QuickLink Message center, a host of software on CD and reliable connections make the U.S. Robotics Sportster Voice 28.8 a dependable, versatile choice. (Reviewed in August)

Printer: Epson Stylus Color 500
Epson America
800-GO-EPSON, 310-782-0770

Expect outstanding monochrome and color output at an excellent price from this printer. It has a flexible driver and bundles Printshop, Adobe Photo Deluxe and Adobe Home Publisher. (Reviewed in October)

Scanner: Storm EasyPhoto Reader
Storm Technology
888-438-3279, 415-691-6600

Here's a quick and easy way to add color or black-and-white photographs to documents. You can connect the reader and your printer simultaneously via a pass-through port.(Reviewed in May 1995)

Upgrade Graphics: Number Nine Imagine 128 Series 2
Number Nine Visual Technology
800-GET-NINE, 617-674-0009

Speed is one of this graphics accelerator's most outstanding attributes. Another is its ability to bring you full-screen software MPEG movies.(Reviewed in August)

Upgrade Monitor: InFocus LitePro 210
InFocus Systems
800-294-6400, 503-685-8888

Fantastic color and the ability to splash a 4-by-6-foot PC playing field on your wall make this the monitor upgrade of choice for the ultimate home entertainment computer. Movie buffs will love the built-in cable TV/VCR connection.

Speakers: Bose Acoustimass Multimedia Speaker System
800-444-BOSE, 508-879-7330

It's from the world's top name in speaker systems, so it's no surprise this three-piece set is the best you can get for your PC. This is probably more than you'll need for a computer system, but that's exactly what you'll love most about it.

Backup Device: Iomega Jaz Drive
$499 (external); $399 (internal)
Iomega Corp.
800-MY-STUFF, 801-778-1000

The Iomega Jaz Drive's performance is so good, you can use it as a primary drive. Because Win95 sees it as removable media, you can treat the Jaz Drive as if it were an overgrown floppy disk. (Reviewed in August)

Input Device: Microsoft SideWinder Game Pad
Microsoft Corp.
800-426-9400, 206-882-8080

The SideWinder is digital, so it's more accurate than a regular joystick. And you can daisy-chain up to four of them together.

Miscellaneous: Philips PCA 20 TV
Philips Professional Solutions
800-235-7373, 408-453-5129

Add a TV tuner to any PC. An infrared remote control makes your PC as user-friendly as your television set.(Reviewed in August)

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