In pictures:IBM PC anniversary
Future Shock

Consumers are spoilt for choice if they have 1,872 to spend on a PC. This machine, the Area-51 5500, has a dual core 1.8GHz processor - more than 765 times more powerful than the IBM.

It has 1GB of memory - 65,000 times more capacity than the IBM. The 160GB hard drive is equivalent to more than a million floppy disks used by the 1981 machine.

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