25 Greatest PCs of All Time
The editors of PC World have chosen The 25 Greatest PCs of All Time based on four criteria:
- Innovation: Did the PC do anything that was genuinely new? Did it incorporate the latest technology?
- Impact: Was it widely imitated? Did it become part of the cultural zeitgeist?
- Industrial design: Was it a looker? Did it have clever features that made using it a pleasure?
- Intangibles: Was there anything else about it that set it apart from the same ol’ same ol’?
I never owned any of the honorees, being a late adopter to both the PC (I didn’t get my first one until 1989) and the laptop (2004). Further, I tend to buy one-off-leading-edge technology to save money. Still, the story is an interesting read. I’m glad someone is doing the innovation; I’m just not willing to pay top dollar for it when it hits the streets.
The fill list below the fold.
- * 1977 Apple II
* 1986 Compaq Deskpro 386
* 1981 Xerox 8010 Information System
* 1986 Apple Macintosh Plus
* 1992 IBM ThinkPad 700C
* 1981 IBM Personal Computer, Model 5150
* 1985 Commodore Amiga 1000
* 1983 Tandy TRS-80 Model 100
* 1982 Columbia Data Products MPC 1600-1
* 1991 Apple PowerBook 100
* 1998 Sony VAIO 505GX
* 1975 MITS Altair 8800
* 1984 IBM Personal Computer/AT Model 5170
* 1979 Atari 800
* 2001 Shuttle SV24 Barebone System
* 1977 Tandy TRS-80 Model I
* 1987 Toshiba T1000
* 1993 Hewlett-Packard OmniBook 300
* 2002 Apple iMac, second generation
* 1996 Gateway 2000 Destination
* 1998 Alienware Area-51
* 1993 Hewlett-Packard 100LX
* 1997 Apple eMate 300
* 2006 Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV650
* 1982 Non-Linear Systems Kaypro II
Read the story for discussion of why each of these machines was important.