IBM PS/ValuePoint 486 DX2

YEAR: 1993 INITIAL PRICE: $2795   The IBM PS/ValuePoint (or just ValuePoint) personal computer was IBM‘s answer to the PC clone market, where the IBM PS/2 could not compete due to price and proprietary interfaces. Announced in October 1992 and withdrawn in July 1995, it was replaced by the IBM PC Series 300. Thank you Amo Retro for the pictures 466DX2/D (desktop)…

Commodore 64 (1982-1994)

YEAR: 1982-1994 INITIAL PRICE:  US$595 (equivalent to $1,477 in 2016)   The C64 dominated the low-end computer market for most of the 1980s. Part of the Commodore 64’s success was its sale in regular retail stores instead of only electronics or computer hobbyist specialty stores. Commodore produced many of its parts in-house to control costs, including custom integrated circuit chips from MOS Technology….

Commodore 64 (the highest-selling single computer model of all time)

YEAR: 1982 INITIAL PRICE: US 595 (equivalent to $1,477 in 2016)   The Commodore 64, also known as the C64 or the CBM 64, is an 8-bit home computer introduced in January 1982 by Commodore International (first shown at the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas, January 7–10. 1982). It is listed in the Guinness World Records as the highest-selling single computer model of all time, with independent…

CIP-03 Electronica

YEAR: 1988 INITIAL PRICE: 15 000 lei, aprox. $500 US Dollars   A Romanian Sinclair ZX-Spectrum clone made from 1988 by Electronica CIE and sold only in Romania in blue or red case colour version. In fact, the colors only differed on the keyboard marquee, the case color being the same. On the red version the background…

ZX Spectrum +

YEAR: 1984 INITIAL PRICE: $ 210   Planning of the ZX Spectrum+ started in June 1984, and it was released in October the same year. This 48 KB Spectrum (development code-name TB) introduced a new QL-style case with an injection-moulded keyboard and a reset button that was basically a switch that shorted across the CPU reset capacitor. Electronically, it was identical to…

ZX Spectrum

YEAR: 1982 INITIAL PRICE: £175   The ZX Spectrum (UK: /zɛd ɛks ˈspɛktrəm/) is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research. It was manufactured in Dundee, Scotland, in the now closed Timex factory. ZX Spectrum       1982 ZX Spectrum Developer Sinclair Research Manufacturer Timex Corporation Type Home computer Generation 8-bit Release date United Kingdom: 23 April 1982; 35 years ago…

Atari 65XE

Year: 1988 Price: $129   These were the 65XE and 130XE (XE stood for XL-Expanded). They were announced in 1985, at the same time as the initial models in the Atari ST series, and visually resembled the Atari ST. Originally intended to be called the 900XLF, the 65XE had 64 KB of RAM and was…

Commodore Plus/4

Year: 1984 Price:  $299 The Commodore Plus/4 is a home computer released by Commodore International in 1984. The “Plus/4” name refers to the four-application ROM resident office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, database, and graphing); it was billed as “the productivity computer with software built-in”.   Internally, the Plus/4 shares the same basic architecture as the…

Commodore 16

Year: 1984 Initial Price: £129 The Commodore 16 is a home computer made by Commodore International with a 6502-compatible 7501 or 8501 CPU, released in 1984 and intended to be an entry-level computer to replace the VIC-20. Media ROM Cartridge, Cassette tape Operating system Commodore BASIC 3.5 CPU MOS Technology 7501 or 8501 @ 0.89 MHz…

ATARI 800

YEAR: 1979 Initial Price: $ 999.95 Announced: December 1978 Released: November 1979 Price : US $999.95 CPU: MOS 6502,1.8MHz RAM: 8K base, 48K max Display: 24 X 40 text 320 x 192 monochrome 160 x 96 with 128 colors Expansion: 4 internal expansion slots 2 cartridge slots Ports: 4 controller ports RGB video output TV…