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History’s Most Notable Computers Since the First Personal Computer

Since the first ever personal computer was released back in 1971, manufacturers have continued to release different versions with ranging capabilities. They’ve come in unique shapes and sizes and had some incredible price tags.Thomas Schanz [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

As an interesting exercise, 24/7 Wallstreet recently took a look at each year’s most notable computer release since 1971. These computers held an important place in computing history, either because they were the best-selling model or had a significant technological development. You can visit the full article for a detailed trip down memory lane, complete with pictures and descriptions. For the summarized version, here’s the entire list:

1971

  • Notable computer: Kenbak I
  • Price tag: $750
  • Inflation adjusted price: $4,659

1972

  • Notable computer: HP 3000
  • Price tag: $95,000
  • Inflation adjusted price: $571,791

1973

  • Notable computer: Wang 2200
  • Price tag: $3,500
  • Inflation adjusted price: $19,832

1974

  • Notable computer: Scelbi-8H
  • Price tag: $440
  • Inflation adjusted price: $2,245

1975

  • Notable computer: IBM 5100 Portable Computer
  • Price tag: $8,975
  • Inflation adjusted price: $41,970

1976

  • Notable computer: Apple I
  • Price tag: $667
  • Inflation adjusted price: $2,949

1977

  • Notable computer: Apple II
  • Price tag: $1,298
  • Inflation adjusted price: $5,389

1978

  • Notable computer: IBM 5110
  • Price tag: $9,875
  • Inflation adjusted price: $38,105

1979

  • Notable computer: Heathkit H-89
  • Price tag: $1,595
  • Inflation adjusted price: $5,527

1980

  • Notable computer: Commodore VIC-20
  • Price tag: $299
  • Inflation adjusted price: $913

1981

  • Notable computer: IBM Personal Computer 5150
  • Price tag: $1,565
  • Inflation adjusted price: $4,332

1982

  • Notable computer: Commodore 64
  • Price tag: $595
  • Inflation adjusted price: $1,551

1983

  • Notable computer: Apple Lisa
  • Price tag: $9,995
  • Inflation adjusted price: $25,247

1984

  • Notable computer: Apple Macintosh
  • Price tag: $2,495
  • Inflation adjusted price: $6,042

1985

  • Notable computer: Commodore Amiga 1000
  • Price tag: $1,295
  • Inflation adjusted price: $3,028

1986

  • Notable computer: Compaq Portable II
  • Price tag: $3,499
  • Inflation adjusted price: $8,032

1987

  • Notable computer: Commodore Amiga 500
  • Price tag: $700
  • Inflation adjusted price: $1,550

1988

  • Notable computer: NeXT Cube
  • Price tag: $6,500
  • Inflation adjusted price: $13,824

1989

  • Notable computer: Macintosh Portable M5120
  • Price tag: $7,300
  • Inflation adjusted price: $14,811

1990

  • Notable computer: Poqet PC
  • Price tag: $1,995
  • Inflation adjusted price: $3,840

1991

  • Notable computer: Apple Macintosh PowerBook
  • Price tag: $2,299
  • Inflation adjusted price: $4,247

1992

  • Notable computer: IBM ThinkPad
  • Price tag: $2,375
  • Inflation adjusted price: $4,259

1993

  • Notable computer: Apple Newton MessagePad
  • Price tag: $700
  • Inflation adjusted price: $1,219

1995

  • Notable computer: Gateway Solo 2000
  • Price tag: $3,499
  • Inflation adjusted price: $5,776

1996

  • Notable computer: Gateway Solo 2100
  • Price tag: $4,149
  • Inflation adjusted price: $6,653

1997

  • Notable computer: Dell Dimension XPS H266
  • Price tag: $3,979
  • Inflation adjusted price: $6,237

1998

  • Notable computer: iMac
  • Price tag: $1,299
  • Inflation adjusted price: $2,005

1999

  • Notable computer: Compaq ProSignia Desktop 330
  • Price tag: $2,699
  • Inflation adjusted price: $4,076

2000

  • Notable computer: Gateway Performance 1500
  • Price tag: $3,089
  • Inflation adjusted price: $4,513

2001

  • Notable computer: Apple Titanium PowerBook G4
  • Price tag: $3,499
  • Inflation adjusted price: $5,049

2002

  • Notable computer: Toshiba Satellite 1955
  • Price tag: $2,499
  • Inflation adjusted price: $3,495

2003

  • Notable computer: Apple Power Mac G5
  • Price tag: $1,999
  • Inflation adjusted price: $2,733

2004

  • Notable computer: Sony VAIO PCV-V200G
  • Price tag: $1,699
  • Inflation adjusted price: $2,263

2005

  • Notable computer: Lenovo ThinkPad X41
  • Price tag: $2,249
  • Inflation adjusted price: $2,897

2006

  • Notable computer: Dell XPS M1710
  • Price tag: $2,845
  • Inflation adjusted price: $3,550

2007

  • Notable computer: iPhone 1
  • Price tag: $599
  • Inflation adjusted price: $727

2008

  • Notable computer: MacBook Air
  • Price tag: $1,599
  • Inflation adjusted price: $1,868

2009

  • Notable computer: HP 2140 Mini-Note
  • Price tag: $499
  • Inflation adjusted price: $585

2010

  • Notable computer: iPad
  • Price tag: $499
  • Inflation adjusted price: $576

2011

  • Notable computer: Acer Chromebook
  • Price tag: $349
  • Inflation adjusted price: $390

2012

  • Notable computer: Apple iPad (third generation)
  • Price tag: $499
  • Inflation adjusted price: $547

 

2013

  • Notable computer: Toshiba Satellite C55D
  • Price tag: $330
  • Inflation adjusted price: $356

2014

  • Notable computer: Lenovo ThinkPad X240
  • Price tag: $1,555
  • Inflation adjusted price: $1,653

2015

  • Notable computer: MacBook
  • Price tag: $1,299
  • Inflation adjusted price: $1,379

2016

  • Notable computer: Lenovo Yoga 900S
  • Price tag: $1,099
  • Inflation adjusted price: $1,152

2017

  • Notable computer: Google Pixelbook
  • Price tag: $999
  • Inflation adjusted price: $1,041

2018

  • Notable computer: Huawei MateBook X Pro
  • Price tag: $1,200
  • Inflation adjusted price: $1,221