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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IBM ThinkPad (1992)

Other laptops have come and gone, but the IBM ThinkPad line continues to soldier on 17 years later, sporting its trademark flat-black shell and red TrackPoint pointing device. The inaugural 700 series ThinkPads unveiled in 1992 had an Intel 80486 CPU and were among the first laptops to feature a relatively large color LCD screen. Known for their sturdy construction and long battery life, ThinkPads remain the desktop replacement laptops of choice in many businesses. In 2005, Chinese manufacturer Lenovo purchased IBM's PC division, but a predicted decline in ThinkPad quality never materialized.

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