Kenbak-1 The first personal computer sold at auction

Lovers of history in the field of personal computers will be investing in the next period in the first personal computer, Kenbak-1.


It’s hard to know which is the first personal computer, since in various corners of the world to work simultaneously in such a device. Some say Datapoint 2200 can be proud of this title, this performance most associated with Altair 8800, although it was released very late. Altair was but a little cheaper than previous creations, so that was also more popular.


A significant group of connoisseurs are however of the opinion that a system entitled Kenbak-1 Digital Computer is the first commercially available PC. At the same time, it is one of the only such relics that can purchase in 2015 at an auction organized by Germans from Breker within days.

Kenbak-1 was initiated in 1971 sold for the price of $750 US dollars and was created by John Blankenbaker, long before the Altair 8800. He hoped that this system will kick in if he can get him into the institutions education as a way to introduce people into computer programming. There was no microprocessor and RAM was limited to 256 bytes. In total were created 50 such units and, although many such models have been sold in recent years, the latest of which was sold with $31,000 US dollars. As I said in the introduction, this is a historic piece, and that takes and work after so long is even more spectacular. If you exceed your PC but for the next budget, the video above should help you better understand how it works.

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