Thursday, January 11, 2024

Top Computers From The 1980s


Computers were completely different in the 1980s. These days, computers can run on less energy than it takes to power an LED light bulb. But a 1980’s computer required whole rooms just to operate. So, take a look at some of these computers and how they work!

Commodore 64

The Commodore 64 was a home computer introduced in 1982. It came with a built-in keyboard and monitor, which made it an affordable option for those who wanted to use their computer at home. The Commodore 64 cost $595 when it was released and sold over 17 million units worldwide.

This makes it one of the best-selling computers of all time!

The original model included 64KB (kilobytes) of RAM and had a BASIC programming language built in so that you could learn how to program on your own.

A later model called the C64C had 128KB of RAM instead—which meant that you could run more advanced programs that took up more space on your hard drive.

Apple IIc

The Apple IIc was the first portable Apple computer. It featured a built-in 3.5″ floppy disk drive and could run all Apple II software, including games such as Frogger and Donkey Kong Jr. It used the same logic board as the Apple IIe but had its own motherboard, case, keyboard and power supply. 

The keys on this machine are slightly smaller than those of other computers made at that time (such as IBM PCs) due to its compact size; however, they were still large enough for comfortable typing by adults with average-sized hands.


The IBM PCjr was a personal computer introduced in 1983. It was the first IBM machine to use the Intel 8088 processor, which made it possible for the PCjr to be fully compatible with all programs written for the PC/XT and AT. The keyboard was also built into the system case, which was a first for IBM computers. 

This feature made it possible for users to take their machines on the go without having to carry accessories or hook up external keyboards when they got where they were going (which probably involved someone’s house that didn’t have any computers).

NES (Nintendo Entertainment System)

The Nintendo Entertainment System was the first console to use a microprocessor, and it also had several other innovations. Most importantly, perhaps, it was the first console to have an LCD screen in its controller—a feature that’s become standard for all handheld controllers today. The NES sold 61.91 million units over 13 years before being discontinued in 1995.

ZX Spectrum

  • The ZX Spectrum was released in 1982 and was the most popular home computer in the UK. It sold more than five million units worldwide and was sold in 24 countries.
  • The ZX Spectrum had a rubber keyboard and 48 KB of RAM (8 kilobytes), which was enough for games but not for many other programs. But you didn’t need much space to play games on this computer because it came with built-in game cartridges that were loaded with dozens of titles like Jet Set Willy, Manic Miner, Chuckie Egg and Starglider II: Interstellar Mutant Zombie Tower Attack by Dr. Whoopee. 

Adobe Acrobat professionals state, “Computing has only continued to speed up and improve with technology.”

Whether you’re a gamer or a technology enthusiast, these are some of the best computers from the 80s.

John Myles
John Myles
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