When rating a given computer, please do so in term sof how useful & enjoyable to you it was AT THE TIME. Obviously even a cheap laptop today is going to have enormously more processing power, better graphics, & so forth than an expensive workstation of 1993, and the 1995 unit wouldn’t be able to handle anything but the most basic programs today’s computers can run. But if the computer you had 18 years ago was reliable, easy to use, and outstanding in terms of the uses of the day, while the computer you own now is buggy, difficult to use, and subpar for what you’re doing now (even though it could run rings around the earlier model), the 1993 model wins. Okay?
All right, I’ll begin.
I’ve owned about a dozen computers in the last twenty years. The most satisfactory computer I’ve ever owned was the Macintosh desktop unit I used from 1995-1998. Yeah, it had a tiny hard drive & next-to-no memory by today’s standards, but compared to the IBM-compatibles I had access to then, it was enormously superior in terms of setting it up, installing new software, and every day use; it never gave me the slightest bit of trouble. Tied for number two would be my current Toshiba laptop and the Toshiba laptop I used from 2005-2006.
The LEAST satisfactory computer I’ve owned would be the Compaq laptop I had before buying this Toshiba. It gave me trouble from the day I bought it, quite literally; the very day I set it up and did a Windows update, it crashed because of a conflict between some proprietary Compaq software and said update. The clock mysteriously stopped working within a month, the memory was inadequate for what I needed it to do; it simply sucked by every metric.