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A refreshing new way to look at all-in-one desktops, the Lenovo B750's Blu-ray-friendly, extra-wide display is great for movies (if you add some extra software), and games greatly benefit from a wider field of view. It's different, and fun to use, but it cries out for a touch screen.
The 29-inch monitor has a 21:9 aspect ratio and 2,560x1,080-pixel IPS display.
For boardrooms and public spaces in need of a LCD conversation piece, the Dell Crystal might find a home. For those not operating on a bloated corporate budget, however, there are plenty of other 22-inch LCDs that cost a fraction of the cost.
The media-geared Toshiba Satellite U845W has an extra-wide 21:9 screen and Harman Kardon speakers, but no DVD or Blu-ray player. The screen is a novelty act that offers some benefits, but it's really no better than your standard laptop for most uses.
Toshiba's experimental extra-wide-screen ultrabook gets a Windows 8 software upgrade, but it turns the Toshiba Satellite U845W into a computer imperfectly matched for what Windows 8 has to offer.
Though the 19-inch wide-screen ViewSonic VA1912wb looks modest, it packs a punch, with above-average performance, full-sounding built-in speakers, and a very sweet price.
The BenQ FP231W is great for viewing horizontal spreadsheets or multiple documents at once.
Many computers come with a built-in camera, but none offer the HD video offered by the LifeCam Cinema, Microsoft's newest flagship Webcam, which incorporates a native 720p wide-screen sensor that offers higher quality video.
The Pharos Drive 200 offers text-to-speech and, well, that's about it in the feature department. But who cares? It has a bigger screen than similarly priced navigators, and it's new!
The Pharos Drive 200 doesn't have many bells or whistles, but it does offer a 4-inch LCD and text-to-speech. You can find it on Dell's Web site.