The Demise of the Towers

All-in-one desktops are becoming more and more popular these days, thanks largely to the influential ripples of innovation from Apple. iMac started it all. HP, Sony, Gateway and Dell followed suit.

What’s good about copycats is that consumers end up having many choices, thus improving competition among manufacturers. iMac is the prime choice but if you are forced-fed with Microsoft Windows at work like me, the PC counterparts look enticing, too.

My top pick is the Gateway One. It has a 400GB hard drive that can beGateway One All-in-One Desktop expanded up to 2 terabytes, Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, ATI Radeon HD 2600 graphics and Wi-Fi 802.11n. As regards good looks, it boasts of a black-glass finish, a 19-inch widescreen LCD (1440 x 900 resolution), built-in speakers and 1.3-megapixel webcam, wireless mouse and keyboard. Peripheral ports are arrayed on a power brick which can be hidden away to finish that clutter-free look.

It is a borrowed beauty but it makes a lot of sense. Aspiring moguls, toss away those towers now.

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