The computer hardware hall of fame

From mainframes and minis to PCs and PDAs, our picks for the greatest, most enduring computer hardware of all time.

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Apple Power Mac G3 (1997)



In the mid-1990s, Apple seemed doomed to die, after a series of awkward management changes, lackluster products, and a sense of having lost out to Windows. In November 1997, just two months after Steve Jobs regained control of the company, Apple released its Power Mac G3, a tower system that re-established its rep as a leading computer maker and used a new, more-competitive IBM chip. Even today, Power Mac G3s are easy to find in use as workhorse systems, given their strong reliability and an engine that can run Mac OS X well even though that next-gen OS didn’t exist when the G3 was designed. Sure, Apple has delivered many faster, more capable systems in the intervening 12 years, but the G3 remains well entrenched.

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