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.

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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