During the disco days of the 1970s, personal computers moved out of the electronic hobbyist’s garage or basement and into the office, classroom, and family den. This gallery showcases several 1970-era machines from Steven Stengel’s vintage computer collection. Steven has graciously allowed us to republish his photos and descriptions. You can find a much more detailed description of each machine and additional photos of Steven’s collection on his Web site oldcomputers.net.
Built by IMS Associates, Inc. of San Leandro, California, the IMSAI 8080 is one of the first consumer computers available.
IBM 5100 Portable PC
The Model 5100 is IBM’s first microcomputer, i.e. not a mainframe, and is also considered the world’s first portable computer. Although at 55-pounds, it might best be described as “self-contained” rather than “portable”.