Amstrad PC-1512 DD (Schneider-badged version)

YEAR: 1986 INITIAL RETAIL: £499.00 \ £1,188.93 in 2019 The Amstrad PC1512 was Amstrad‘s mostly IBM PC-compatible computer system, first manufactured in 1986.  It launched for £499 and sold very well, as it was one of the first cheap PCs in Europe. It significantly helped open up the European PC market to consumers as well as businesses, and Amstrad’s advertising of the PC1512…

Apple Lisa

YEAR: 1983 PRICE: $9,995 equivalent to $25,745.96 in 2019 Lisa, with an Apple ProFile external hard disk sitting atop it, and dual 5.25-inch “Twiggy” floppy drives Also known as Locally Integrated Software Architecture Developer Apple Computer Inc. Manufacturer Apple Computer Inc. Type Personal computer Release date January 19, 1983; 36 years ago Introductory price US$9,995 (equivalent to $25,143 in…

Tandy 1000 TL/2

YEAR: 1988 Initial Retail Price: $1599 System Config Model 25-1602 Serial number 002866 80286 running at 8 Mhz 640KB; expandable to 768KB 1000 HD: 10 or 20 MB 640x200x16c and MDA/Hercules Graphics Emulation 3 Voice Sound & built-in DAC/ADC Ports 1 x Card-edge parallel port1 x RS-232C serial port1 x TTL RGB monitor output1 x Headphone/microphone…

RCD i386 (custom build)

Year: 1990 Price: ? I know this is not a collectible and its not a brand, but its definitely a nice computer that deserves a place on this page because its a great machine. This computer was bought by me in 2005 and its been in my collection ever since. I love how this custom…

IBM PC 300GL (microtower)

Year: 1998 Initial Price: $1499 The PC 300GL used the Celeron, Pentium I, Pentium II and Pentium III throughout its lifetime. Celeron-based models had processors clocked at 333, 366, 433, 466, 500 and 533 MHz; Pentium I models had processors clocked at 133, and 166 MHz; Pentium II-based models had processors clocked at 350, 400, 450 MHz; and Pentium…

IBM PS/2 Model 56 486SLC2

YEAR: 1993 Initial Price: $7499 The 486SLC had an Intel-licensed version of the 486SX running at 50 Mhz, developed and manufactured by IBM . The computer is an MCA machine but it features a SCSI drive, not the ESDI one that is hard to find if you don`t have a working one. This computer was…

IBM PS/2 model 55SX

YEAR: 1987 Initial Price: The IBM PS/2 Model 55SX was similar to the Model 50, but featured a 32-bit 80386SX processor (with 16-bit external bus) instead of a 16-bit 80286.6 The model 55SX was released around 1987 though Wikipedia states 1988 and the copyright date on the case is 1987. The build quality overall is very good…

Apple //e

Year: January 1983 Initial Price: $1298(4 kB RAM) and $2638 (48 kB RAM)   The Apple IIe (styled as Apple //e) is the third model in the Apple II series of personal computers produced by Apple Computer. The e in the name stands for enhanced, referring to the fact that several popular features were now built-in that were available only as upgrades or add-ons in earlier models. It…

IBM Personal System 1 model 2011

YEAR: 1990 INITIAL PRICE: $2,199 about $4,200 in 2018   The IBM PS/1 is a brand for a line of personal computers that marked IBM‘s return to the home market in 1990, five years after the IBM PCjr. It was replaced by the IBM Aptiva in September 1994.  The original PS/1 (Model 2011), based on a 10 MHz Intel 80286 CPU, was designed to be easy to set…

Macintosh Plus (M0001A)

Year: 16 January 1986 -October 15 1990 (the longest-produced Macintosh ever) Initial Price: $2,599 (equivalent to $5,802 in 2017)   The Macintosh Plus computer is the third model in the Macintosh line, introduced on January 16, 1986, two years after the original Macintosh and a little more than a year after the Macintosh 512K, with a price tag of US$2599. As an…

Epson QX-10

Year: 1983 Initial Price: Unknown The Epson QX-10 is a microcomputer running CP/M or TPM-III (CP/M-80 compatible) which was introduced in 1983. It was based on a Zilog Z80 microprocessor, running at 4 MHz, provided up to 256 KB of RAM organized in four switchable banks, and included a separate graphics processor chip (µPD7220) manufactured by NEC to provide advanced graphics capabilities. In the USA, two versions…

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)…

Tandon PCX (TM 6004A)

YEAR: 1983 to 1987 INITIAL PRICE: Unknown      Tandon Corporation was a disk drive and PC manufacturer founded in 1975 (incorporated in 1976 as Tandon Magnetics Corp.) by Sirjang Lal Tandon a former mechanical engineer.  The company originally produced magnetic recording read/write heads for the then-burgeoning floppy-drive market. Due to the labor-intensive nature of the product, production was carried out in low-wage India which was the…

IBM PS/2 Model 70 386 Type 8570

YEAR: 1987 INITIAL PRICE:  $ 3999   The Personal System/2 Model 70 enhances the IBM Personal System/2 family of systems by offering a new level of performance in a desktop unit. The system is highlighted by the Micro Channel™ Architecture with a 16 or 20MHz 80386 32-bit microprocessor, high density memory technology, and a wide range of…

The Macintosh SE/30

Initial Year: 1989 Initial price: US$4,369 (equivalent to $8,441 in 2016)   The Macintosh SE/30 is a personal computer designed, manufactured and sold by Apple Computer, Inc. from January 1989 to October 1991. It is the fastest of the original black-and-white compact Macintosh series. The SE/30 has a black-and-white monitor and a single PDS slot (rather than the NuBus slots of the IIx, with which the SE/30 shares a…

IBM PS/2 Model 57 486SLC3

YEAR: 1993 INITIAL PRICE: $3499   I got this computer from a friends garage, he called me that he wants to clear out some “junk”, mostly old hardware so my curiosity rised. I got the computer in a good condition, just some dust and a lot of black marker on the sides and on the…

JUNIOR XT

YEAR: 1987 Initial Price: 30.000 LEI \$700   The Junior XT is a Romanian computer buit at  Întreprinderea de Echipamente Periferice (IEPER).    The computer was build around the Intel 8086, 16bit CPU, running at 4.77 Mhz and an i8087 math CPU for those who needed more mathematical power. In the base configuration the unit came with…

Apple //c

YEAR: 1984 Initial Prce: US$1,295 (equivalent to $2,985.30 in 2016)   The Apple IIc, the fourth model in the Apple II series of personal computers, is Apple Computer’s first endeavor to produce a portable computer. The result was a 7.5 lb (3.4 kg) notebook-sized version of the Apple II that could be transported from place to place. The c in the name stood for compact, referring to…

Commodore PET 4032

YEAR:1980 INITIAL PRICE: US $1,295 equivalent of $3,772 in 2016   4032 refers to 40 character display, with 32K RAM memory. The PET 4032 was released three years after the original PET 2001. Although it has the same CPU running at the same speed, improved circuitry allows the 4032 to run substantially faster. Other improvements include more memory and a…

IBM PS/2 Model 30 (8530)

Year: 1987 Initial Price: $6999   The Personal System/2 or PS/2 was IBM‘s third generation of personal computers. Released in 1987, it officially replaced the IBM PC, XT, AT, and PC Convertible in IBM’s lineup. The PS/2 line was created by IBM in an attempt to recapture control of the PC market by introducing an…

Macintosh Classic M0420

YEAR: 1988 INITIAL PRICE: 999 USD The Macintosh Classic is a personal computer manufactured by Apple Inc. Introduced on October 15, 1988, the Macintosh Classic was prompted by the success of the Macintosh Plus and the Macintosh SE. The system specifications of the Classic were very similar to its predecessors, with the same 9-inch (23 cm) monochrome CRT…

iMac G3

YEAR: 1998 Initial Price:  $1299   The iMac G3 is a line of personal computers developed, manufactured, and sold by Apple Computer from 1998 to 2003. Noted for its innovative design via the use of translucent and brightly colored plastics, it was the first consumer-facing Apple product to debut under the recently returned interim CEO…

The Macintosh 128K

Year: 1984 Initial Price: 2495 US Dollars   The Macintosh 128K, originally released as the Apple Macintosh, is the original Apple Macintosh personal computer. Its beige case consisted of a 9 in (23 cm) CRT monitor and came with a keyboard and mouse. A handle built into the top of the case made it easier for the…

The Apple IIGS

YEAR: 1986 INITIAL PRICE: US$999 (equivalent to $2,160 in 2015) The Apple IIGS (styled as IIgs) is the fifth and most powerful model in the Apple II series of personal computers produced by Apple Computer. The “GS” in the name stands for “Graphics” and “Sound”, referring to its enhanced multimedia capabilities, especially its state-of-the-art sound and…

Macintosh Classic M0420

YEAR: 1988 INITIAL PRICE: 999 USD The Macintosh Classic is a personal computer manufactured by Apple Inc. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK  Introduced on October 15, 1988, the Macintosh Classic was prompted by the success of the Macintosh Plus and the Macintosh SE. The system specifications of the Classic were very similar to its predecessors, with the same…