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I had Vic-20, C64 and Amiga 500 back before I got my first DOS machine in 1991. It was a generic 12 MHz 80286 laptop that eventually ran Windows 3.0. Black and white screen. That one eventually blew up when the battery melted away.
Back then, Toshiba was top end stuff, far as I was concerned. And they weren't $5k in their base configuration. But I chose the nicer screen of the options (color vs. LCD B&W?...can't remember), to bump the RAM as far as it could go, increased the hard drive size to the highest capacity available at CDW, and the BIG ticket upgrade was the CDR...which was an external device that plugged into a port when you wanted CD access. Consumer CDR was in early stages and that was a $1K+ upgrade, if I remember correct. I wrestled with that decision, but rationalized that I had "future-proofed" the machine with so many upgrades, and CD media were obviously the way of the future. I forget the math....700+/- 3.5" floppies equal 1 CD? It was OBVIOUS were the industry was going, so I talked myself into that also. Then added a "rush fee" and "expedited shipping" cuz I was so excited to finally get a machine that wasn't expected to crash on a daily basis from the workload I was throwing at it. (side note: couldn't have been Win98 right? Win95 was solid, so Win98 was prolly even better, right?!)
My wife at the time came unglued when she saw the final price, even though we discussed this extensively before I pulled the trigger. So i'm not sure what her shock and anger were about? (another side note: just exactly WHO doesn't listen to WHOM?!) She reasoned we could've bought a new car for $5K, which was true. But a new car wasn't a business TOOL that I could use to recoup the investment, plus future funds. Deaf ears, she had. That's the ONLY reason I can still remember the price tag, all these years later!
It's amazing to me that we can buy computers today that are 10x more powerful, but at 1/10th the price. Maybe a better comparison is my first computer....a Commodore 64 with external tape drive/cassette storage. Can't remember the exact price or the exact specs, but I'm pretty sure it was a 1st generation x86 processor, with RAM in the "KBs" instead of MBs or GBs. That money spent in the early 1980s would still buy me a decent laptop in 2023, with no need to index it for inflation, LOL!