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It's taken 25 years or thereabouts from the arrival of my first computer, a Sanyo MBC-1000, but I believe my search for the "perfect" desktop one is over.
The device sports a massive 24-inch liquid crystal display, big enough to make watching a video of the NBC-TV series "Law & Order" enjoyable.
There are 2 gigabytes of memory installed, a 500 gigabyte hard-disk drive, and a drive that will read and write DVD and CD discs. The sound quality of the built-in speakers is astonishingly good. This computer will run any of at least three operating systems, although its native OS is plenty suitable as is.
Oh, and did I mention the built-in video camera and microphone, which makes this computer great for video chats?
By now, savvy readers will have figured it out: This is an Intel-based Apple IMac. The 24-inch model starts at $1,999 retail, although the additions made to my test unit boost the retail price by $799, to a total of $2,748. At that price, this mother-of-all-IMacs is a hefty unit in the price department, but, frankly, you get what you pay for.

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