We all like to complain about our computers and devices. It's our inalienable right as 21st-century digital age consumers. In fact, a case can be made that it's become something of a national pastime.
But the truth is, in the year 2015, we have access to unprecedented computing power for our spending dollar. Click around online retail sites or visit your local big box store, and you'll find startling numbers in those specification charts -- whether you're looking at desktop systems, laptops, mobile devices, or the emerging spaces in between. Processors measured in gigahertz. Hard drives measured in terabytes. Display technologies straight out of science fiction.
How good do we have it, relatively speaking? One way to crunch the numbers is to turn back the clock. Here we take a look at some of the more expensive systems ever put to market in the personal computing era, along with their technical specs and pricing at the time. To make things manageable, we limited our archaeological dig to pre-1999 desktop and portable computers marketed to individual users, with some detours into hybrid variations and multiuser systems. Hold on to your wallets, it's about to get weird.