How fast was the processor speed of some of the first computers compared to the ones of today? Or how much more memory do today’s computers hold compared to ones created 50 years ago?
You’ll find the answers to these questions with this visual timeline of specifications for personal computers over time, created by the research team at HP. The timeline starts in 1971 with the Kenbak-1, which is considered to be the world’s first personal computer. The processor speed of the first personal computer was equivalent to 1.00 MHz and it had 256 bytes of RAM. The twenty-one personal computers that are included cover a variety of brands like Apple, IBM, Commodore, Gateway, Lenovo, and more.
Of course you’ll find HP’s own personal computers included in the timeline with their HP 1240 Mini-Note in 2009 and the HP Pavilion All-In-One in 2020. While the latter isn’t the fastest processor in the timeline at 2.0 GHz, its memory is by far the largest at 16 BG. What were the specifications of your first personal computer?
Infographic by: hp