As you can see, the monitor (which is actually the WHOLE computer) is quite large compared to my old 17 inch model. This one is 24, what the heck, only 300$ more from the 20 inch version. I was using 2 monitors on my Dell (2nd was flat panel CRT), so now I think I can get by with just one, but could add a second if I wanted to, the hardware is already in place. I lucked out and got in on the Back to School specials they had going on, a 100$ rebate on the price of the computer, a free printer (HP print/scan/copy), and a free iPod Touch.
iPod Touch...be still my heart, is the most amazing thing on earth. It's not something I would have just gone out and bought, but since they were just giving them away, what the heck! It does it all except make phone calls (they have a version of that, with AT&T, but not for me). I can sync my contacts/mail/calendar, load music, videos, podcasts, movies, AND it has wireless internet, so can browse the web, check email, etc, and a whole lot more. Plus you can download about a million applications and put on it. It's amazing what it can do, for such a tiny little thing.