Computers from the 70s to 00s

Although computer technology has been around since the 1930’s, it was only in the 70s that the industry really took off and because part of the public consciousness. The ability to create small scale computers that did not need a factory floor to fit them in meant the door was open to a world of possibilities.

Here are 5 computers from 5 different decades to highlight the journey we’ve taken with home computers:



clip_image002One of the earliest and most popular computers during this time was the Tandy Corporation TRS-80. With the keyboard and motherboard in one, it set the trend for computers to follow. With a (then) mammoth memory space of 4KB and processor speed of 1.77 MHz, it revolutionised the microcomputer market.


clip_image0041982 saw a few companies step into the market. Noticeably Commodore, who provided the excellent Commodore 64, which proved to be hugely popular on the games front. However, in 1984, one of the front runners for innovative home computer during this decade had to be the Apple MacIntosh.

With 128Kb of RAM and a 3.5” floppy disk drive, the MacIntosh paved the way for more advanced microprocessors to deliver a more varied amount of functions.


clip_image006Also known as ‘The Age of the Personal Computer’, this decade really saw the industry evolve into a massive market. It was at this time that Microsoft introduced ‘Windows’ as an operating system for PCs.

Apple also evolved, with the introduction of the iMac in ’98. This was an all-in-on computer, which started the company’s trend for streamlined, sleek hardware.

It contained a 4GB hard drive, along with a 233MHz processor. Massive for its time.


clip_image008This was an exciting decade. The number of PCs worldwide was approaching 961 million at the start. It surpassed 1 billion by 2002 alone. The Pentium processor meant much faster computers. Able to perform multiple tasks with a great deal of personalisation. This was also the beginning of the laptop era. A laptop now started to have the power of a desktop PC. Models such as Asus Eee netbook mean that computing could be done on the go. With a 900 MHz Intel processor and removable storage, personal computing had come a long way since the 1970s.

With the current decade still relatively new, it’s amazing to think what advancements to computing technology we’ve still got to look forward too.

Written by Rachel Hurley a content writer for Handd, providing online secure file transfer solutions.

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