Computer History: Old Vs. New

Old to New Computers

The evolution of computers over the years has been remarkable. From the primitive machines of decades ago to the modern computers of today, technology has come a long way in a relatively short period of time. Nowadays the capabilities of personal computers have vastly surpassed those of the early models that first made computing available to the public.

 Old Computer

Whereas the first generation of personal computers could only perform basic arithmetic calculations, modern computers are capable of complex tasks such as manipulating data and running sophisticated software programs. The memory capacity of early computers was measured in kilobytes while today’s computers have gigabytes (or even terabytes) of storage space. In addition, processors are now measured in gigahertz—thousands of times faster than their predecessors.

 New Computer

The cost for a computer also has dropped considerably over the years. While it was once unheard of for a consumer to purchase a high-end machine for less than $2,000, it is now possible to purchase a fully functioning desktop or laptop for under $500. What’s more, many of the top manufacturers of personal computers offer high quality systems at reasonable prices.


As far as the major computer manufacturers today, some of the most well-known brands include Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Sony, Asus, and Acer. Each manufacturer offers a wide range of products—from budget-friendly PCs to high-end gaming rigs. Whether you’re looking for something to handle basic web browsing and word processing, or an all-in-one multimedia powerhouse, there’s likely a system out there to fit your needs and budget.


It’s clear that advancements in computer technology have changed the way the world works. Todays computers can handle data and software programs with ease, come in a variety of forms and types, and are available at a fraction of the cost that was once charged for them. With so many options available, it has become much easier for consumers to find the perfect machine for their individual needs.

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