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How IBM's 5150 PC shaped the computer industry

The landmark personal computer, introduced by IBM 30 years ago Friday, launched the PC revolution, changing the way people work, communicate, and play.

By Aug. 11, 2011


A look back at the original marketing video for the IBM 5150

IBM touted the landmark personal computer for such breakthrough features as a keyboard with both "upper- and lower-case letters" and compared its launch to the introduction of the punch card.

Aug. 9, 2011


Dell Inspiron 5150

For mainstream notebooks, it doesn't get much better than the old Inspiron 5100--unless it's the souped-up 5150.

By Aug. 19, 2003

4 stars Editor's rating Aug. 19, 2003

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Apple Mac Pro Dual-Core Xeon 5150 2.66 GHz

Apple's Mac Pro has design innovations that we hope will cross over to other systems. Its performance is as strong as you'd expect for a system in its class, and it's priced right, too. You might need more flexibility in your config options, especially for 3D design, but otherwise, the Mac Pro is as solid a professional-class PC as we've seen.

By Aug. 18, 2006

4 stars Editor's rating Aug. 18, 2006

William Lowe, the 'father of the IBM PC,' dies at 72

After his proposal for a quick market entry via Atari was rejected, Lowe was given one year to design and produce a personal computer that would be market-ready.

By Oct. 28, 2013


Reporters' Roundtable: Happy 30th birthday, IBM PC

Thirty years ago today IBM launched the 5150. We take a look back at the creation of the PC with an interview with Dave Bradley, the guy who invented Ctrl-Alt-Delete, and look forward with Michael Miller, former editor of PC Magazine.

By Aug. 12, 2011


End of an era: NASA shuts down its last mainframe

The space agency powers down its last System Z machine, years after IBM stopped selling them for the mathematical calculation jobs for which NASA originally bought them.

By Feb. 13, 2012


Apple Mac Mini Core Duo (1.83GHz)

The Apple Mac Mini is an unquestioned winner among budget desktops, but HP has a small-form-factor PC whose feature set will woo many would-be Mac Mini buyers.

By Oct. 11, 2006

3.5 stars Editor's rating Oct. 11, 2006

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Moving beyond the PC, iPad in hand

Is the tablet the device of choice for the post-PC paradigm? That's what an IBM executive who helped developed the first IBM PC claims. My take is different, but not that different.

By Aug. 13, 2011


IBM executive says PC era is in its twilight

On the eve of the IBM PC's 30th anniversary, Mark Dean says the PC era is on its last legs. As one of the IBM engineers who helped create the original PC, he is certainly qualified to make this claim.

By Aug. 10, 2011