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Spend Money....Save Desk Space. Flat Panel Screens

Boot Camp feature for Friday, April 28, 2000

The world is going flat. At least when you talk about computer screens. Flat panel screens look great and take up a lot less desk space. A number of PC makers, Gateway, NEC and now IBM have created one piece computers built into the back or the base of flat panel monitors. Techies will drool over IBM's NetVista X40... and non-techies will find it easier to use. IBM Steven Loeschorn...

"We're removing the serial port and parallel port that we're familiar with today and we've had for the last twenty years. We're removing the standard connections for mice and keyboards and going with, again, a full USB connectivity."

You can take a look at the whole new line at ibm.com/netvista. If you already have a great PC, but that old monitor has to go, feast your eyes on a flat panel LCD screen. Lawren Markle of ViewSonic says there is a big added benefit...

"A lot of people don't know that LCD flat panels are fantastic for your vision because they don't offer any flicker."

Some new models are equipped with digital connections for the future or can be used with a VCR or DVD player as well. What will make you blink, however, are the prices. They typically start in the thousand dollar range. The display can easily wind up more than the computer. You can find us on the Web at ThirdAge.com. Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin for CBS News.