Top 10 Vintage Computers

Oh yeah! Beware, geeks, because these mildly NSFW pictures may overload your brain. Vintage things are always cool, but retro computers are super cool! One look at these “dinosaurs” is more than enough to remember good old days. Flashback to the early stage of computer era should remind us that any technological invention can become a legend. Maybe these machines have similar design, but it is really interesting to observe how fast computer device can evolve (just compare Sol-20 and Apple Macintosh Portable). We sincerely hope that this collection will be a good source of inspiration for you and we’ll be glad to hear about your favorite old computers.

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Rockwell AIM 65



Released: 1977
RAM: 1K or 4K
Display: 20-digit alpha-numeric LED
Storage: External audio cassette
OS: “Monitor” built-in

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Apple III



Released: 1981
RAM: 128K, 512K max.
Display: Color composite video
16 colors at 280 X 192.
Storage: Internal 143k 5-1/4 inch floppy
External floppy drive
OS: Apple SOS (Sophisticated OS)


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Canon Cat



Model: V777
Released: 1987
RAM: 256kB
Storage: internal 3.5-inch floppy drive
Display: 9-inch white CRT
640 x 400 resolution
80 x 24 text
OS: proprietary, written in FORTH

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Commodore 128D



Introduced: 1982
RAM: 128K, 256K max.
Display: monochorome, 80 X 25 text
Strorage: external floppy drive
OS: BASIC 4.0+ in ROM

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IBM Personal Computer



Model: 5150
Released: 1981
RAM: 16K, 640K max
Display: 80 X 24 text
Storage: dual 160KB 5.25-inch disk drives
OS: PC-DOS v1.0

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Radio Shack TRS-80 Model II



Released: 1977
RAM:4K, 16K max
Display: 12-inch monochrome monitor
64 X 16 text
Storage: Cassette storage
OS: BASIC in ROM

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Sol-20



Released: 1976
RAM: 1K, 64K max
Display: 64 X 16 text
Storage: external cassette
optional floppy drive
OS: BASIC, CP/M

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Zenith easy PC



Model: EZ-2
Released: 1987
RAM: 512K, 640K max.
Display: 80 X 25 text
640 X 200 pixels graphics
14-inch monochrome monitor
Storage: 3.5-inch 720K floppy drive(s)
optional 20M hard drive
OS: MS-DOS 3.21

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Atari Portfolio



Released: 1989
Size: 7.5″ x 4″ x 1.25″
20cm x 10.5cm x 2.5cm
Weight: 17.5 oz / 505g
RAM: 128K, 128K+640K max
Display: 40 X 8 text
260 X 64 pixels
Storage: Internal RAM disk
RAM cards, 640K max
Power: Three “AA” batteries
OS: Built-in DIP DOS

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Apple Macintosh Portable



Model: M5120
Announced: 1989
Weight: 16 lbs
RAM: 1 Meg, 9 Meg maximum
Battery: 6.5-Volt, 5 amp lead acid (gel type)
Display: 10-inch b&w active matrix LCD
640 X 400 pixels
I/O: Built-in trackball.
Storage: Internal 1.4Meg 3.5-inch floppy drive
Internal 40 MB SCSI hard drive
OS: Mac OS 6.04

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6 Responses to Top 10 Vintage Computers

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  2. Bronson says:

    Wow, I remember the Apple III – we had one in our library in primary school.

  3. Hermitbiker says:

    …. lmao…. ahhh, the good ol’ days…. lmfao !!

  4. amazing to see how far we have gone in such a short space in time!

  5. Me says:

    those are the rare and expensive ones with little to no games :(

  6. Old Days says:

    Seeing the Zenith EZ-2 again brought back memories of my student days. My own “madeleine”…