Special Report

The Cost of a Computer the Year You Were Born

Acer Chromebook, 2011
Source: Wikimedia Commons

>Notable computer:
Acer Chromebook
>Price tag: $349
>Inflation adjusted price: $369

2011 marked the release of Google’s Chrome OS as well as the first laptop to run on the operating system, the Chromebook. One of the first Chromebooks, built by Acer to provide just basic functionality, cost just $349.

iPad 3, 2012
Source: Wikimedia Commons

>Notable computer:
Apple iPad (third generation)
>Price tag: $499
>Inflation adjusted price: $518

Although the iPad had been around for more than a year by 2012, sales of the device reached truly astronomical levels that year. Apple sold more than 50 million units that year. PC World rated the third generation iPad as the second best product of 2012, in part because it offered significant upgrades to the previous versions, including a high-resolution Retina display.

Toshiba Satellite C55D, 2013
Source: amazon.com

>Notable computer:
Toshiba Satellite C55D
>Price tag: $330
>Inflation adjusted price: $337

The Toshiba Satellite C55D is a budget laptop. For just $330, consumers can browse the Internet, watch movies, and check email. It was one of the best-selling laptops of 2013.

Lenovo ThinkPad X240, 2014
Source: amazon.com

>Notable computer:
Lenovo ThinkPad X240
>Price tag: $1,555
>Inflation adjusted price: $1,564

A long way from the 1994 ThinkPad 775CD, recognized as the first laptop with a CD-ROM drive, the ThinkPad X240 is notable for its numerous USB and VGA ports. The X240 is also the lightest ThinkPad to date and has an innovative dual battery system that ensures a longer charge. 2014 was the final year in which desktops and notebooks outsold tablet computers.

Macbook, 2015
Source: YouTube

>Notable computer:
>Price tag: $1,299
>Inflation adjusted price: $1,305

After being discontinued for four years, the MacBook was reintroduced in 2015. The newest MacBook is thinner than its predecessors and has a higher pixel density meant to enhance the images on its screen. 2015 was the first year in which tablets outsold desktops and laptops.

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