Dinosaur Sightings: Computers from the 1970s

Timeline

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.

1975


MITS Altair 8800


IMSAI 8080

MSAI 8080

Built by IMS Associates, Inc. of San Leandro, California, the IMSAI 8080 is one of the first consumer computers available.


IBM 5100

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”.

1976


MOS KIM-1


Sol-20

Apple I


Rockwell AIM 65

1977


Wameco QM-1A


Vector Graphic
Vector-1


RCA COSMAC VIP


Apple II


Commodore PET


Radio Shack TRS-80


Atari VCS (2600)


NorthStar Horizon


Heathkit H8

1978


Netronics ELF II


IBM 5110


VideoBrain Family Computer


Compucolor II


Exidy Sorcerer


Ohio Scientific
Superboard II


Synertek SYM-1


Cromemco System Three

1979


Z80 Starter Kit


Interact Model One


TRS-80 model II


Bell & Howell


SwTPC S/09


Heathkit H89


Atari 400


Atari 800


TI-99/4

1980


HP-85


IBM 5120


TRS-80 Color Computer


TRS-80 model III


TRS-80 Pocket Computer


NNC 80W


Sinclair ZX80

1981


Dynabyte 5100


Commodore VIC-20


Sinclair ZX81


Apple III


Osborne I


Micro-Professor


TI-99/4A


IBM Datamaster


IBM PC


LNW-80


Epson HX-20


Rockwell AIM 65/40

1982


Timex Sinclair 1000


Kaypro II


Otrona Attache


GRiD Compass 1101


Victor 9000


NEC APC


DEC Rainbow 100


Lobo MAX-80


Panasonic/
Quasar HHC


Franklin Ace 100


Franklin Ace 1000


HP-75C


Commodore 64


Commodore B128


Toshiba T100


Zorba

1983


Dynalogic Hyperion


Compaq Portable


TI CC-40


Jupiter Ace


Apple Lisa


TRS-80 model 100


Kyotronic 85


Olivetti M-10


NEC PC-8201a


Tomy Tutor


Gavilan SC


SAGE IV


TRS-80 PC-3


Altos 586


Mattel Aquarius


Coleco Adam


Timex Sinclair 1500


TRS-80 MC-10


Apple III Plus


Visual Commuter

1984


Commodore SX-64


Apple Macintosh


Sinclair QL


IBM Portable


TRS-20 model 200


Epson PX-8


IBM PCjr


Apple IIc


Sord IS-11


HP 110


Tano Dragon


Data General/One

1985


Atari 520ST


Franklin Ace 2100


Franklin Ace 500


Osborne Vixen


Kaypro 2000


Amiga 1000


Zenith Z-171


Sharp PC-7000


AT&T UNIX PC

1986


Compaq Portable II


IBM Convertible


Apple IIGS

1987


Zenith eazy PC


Amiga 500


Amiga 2000


Canon Cat


Linus WriteTop


Commodore 128D (USA)


Compaq Portable III

1988


Apple IIc Plus

1989


Atari Portfolio


Macintosh Portable


Atari Stacy


Zenith MiniSport

1990


Poqet PC

1991


Amiga 3000

1991


Commodore CDTV


HP-95LX


Macintosh PowerBook

1992


Amiga 600


Zeos PPC


Amiga 4000

1993


Apple Newton

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