Those Were the Days: Multimedia Computers from HP, Packard Bell and Apple in 1996



Here’s a Blast from the Past, a Best Buy flier from 1996 advertising sale prices on Hewlett-Packard, Packard Bell, and Macintosh Multimedia Computers. These are start-of-the-art systems approaching 200MHz speeds! A 133MHz HP Pentium package goes for $1899, while a blazing fast 180MHz PowerPC-based Mac will set you back $2399 – monitor sold separately.

Fast forward 15 years. Packard Bell is history, HP nearly so, and you can buy a new 21″ iMac for $1099 – monitor included. Beleagured Apple Computer survived and thrived after all, and that old Performa 6400 probably still works. How times change…

[via HolyKaw]