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The best PCs of all time: places 7-5

Ruwen Schwerin
EnlargeCommodore Amiga 1000 (1985)

7. Commodore Amiga 1000 (1985)

The Commodore 64 may have been the best-selling computer of the time, but the successor, developed by a Silicon Valley start-up that took over Commodore, was a vastly better computer. Years ahead of its time, the Amiga was the world's first multimedia and multitasking personal computer (see an advertisement on YouTube that was broadcast at the time).

The $ 1,500 Amiga (without a monitor) came with the same Motorola 68000 CPU that was used in the Apple Macintoshs. But the most innovative part of its architecture was its three coprocessors - they were responsible for the graphics and the sound, both impressive for the time. The main video processor helped the Amiga with 3D animation, full motion video, and fantastic TV processing, all years before other computers were ready. And the four-part stereo sound chip (Paula) allowed speech synthesis and produced realistic audio effects - better than the famous SID chip from Commodore, and thus made possible the idea for soundtracker, the first music program that worked with tracks.

The original Amiga was renamed the Amiga 1000 when it was replaced by the Amiga 500 and 2000 in 1987. Later Amiga-based products also included the Amiga-4000T-Tower and the CD32, a game console. Commodore went bankrupt in 1994 and the Amiga name and the technologies it developed jumped from one owner to the next in the years that followed. Modern versions of NewTek's Video Toaster and LightWave 3D software continue to be used for major television and movie productions to this day.

(Photo from oldcomputers.net)

6. IBM Personal Computer, Model 5150 (1981)

Many important events in PC history were not recognizable as such in their time. (Was there any reason to take notice when a couple of young guys named Steve decided to start a microcomputer company and name it after a fruit?) But when the company that was synonymous with computers launched its first PC on Dec. Published August 1981, everyone knew it was a major milestone in the history of a very young industry.

In terms of technology, the most interesting thing about the IBM Personal Computer, Model 5150, was the CPU: Intel 8088, a powerful 16-bit processor at a time when most popular models only used 8-bit CPUs. IBM offered the system with a variety of operating systems, including the then popular CP / M, an OS called the P-System, and a new operating system called IBM PC-DOS, which most people know as MS-DOS because it was published by the publisher Microsoft was marketed under this name. (Legend has it that Microsoft's operating system was based on QDOS, or "Quick and Dirty Operating System," which they got from a small company in Seattle.)

Within 18 months, IBM's computer was at the center of a booming PC ecology, with a bevy of hardware add-ons, third-party software, clones, books and magazines. Some of the later IBM machines became hits, some flops, but all of them, like the vast majority of computers on our planet, are direct descendants of the IBM personal computers.

5. IBM ThinkPad 700C (1992)

Unveiled at Comdex in 1992, the IBM ThinkPad 700C ushered in a new era of laptop computers: now laptops could be both useful and stylish. The first ThinkPads came with the unmistakable black case and the red TrackPoint in the middle of the keyboard and thus differed greatly from other notebooks, which were all practically interchangeable at the time - chunky, matt-gray or beige boxes with trackballs attached to the Side hung out or glued a piece below the keyboard like a lump.

As one of the first three ThinkPad models, along with the 300 and 500 (the numbering was supposedly inspired by the naming of the BMW models), the $ 4,350 ThinkPad 700C was IBM's top model. It came with an eye-catching 10.4-inch TFT VGA color display with 256 colors (large for the standard around 1992), a replaceable 120 MB hard drive, a 25 MHz 486SLC processor and an easy-to-use one Keyboard. Current ThinkPads - now manufactured by Lenovo - are of course much more powerful than the 700C, but they also have the black case, the TrackPoint and a good keyboard as important selling points.

ThinkPads shaped the mobile computer market and are for many the epitome of portable, reliable computers to this day.