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The 10 Worst PCs of All Time

Are you the proud owner of one of the 10 Worst PCs of All Time? PC World has put together a list of systems that were "overpriced and underpowered," had parts that failed two days after the warranty expired and well, caused you to enter PC Hell. (Their words, not mine!) I've always been a Mac girl myself, but it's always fun to reminisce about clunky hunks of junk. Here's more:

Number one, we focused strictly on desktops. (We'll leave the flaming/exploding laptops for another occasion.) Two, these machines had to have shipped to consumers--no vaporware or concept computers allowed. Tres, we decided to ignore systems we've kicked around elsewhere (like the IBM PCjr, the Gateway 10th Anniversary PC, and the FreePC, all part of our 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time story), and home in on a different batch of turkeys.

The No. 1 winner were the Packard Bell PCs made between 1986 and 1996. "Part of the problem was Packard Bell's strategy of selling nearly identical systems under different names, depending on where they were sold," says PC World. "So the Packard Bell Legend 406CD hawked at Circuit City was more or less the same as the Axcel 467 on the shelves at Staples or the Force 480CD sold at CompUSA, making apples-to-apples (or in this case, lemons-to-lemons) comparisons impossible."

Check out the complete list of the 10 Worst PCs of All Time.

millarci millarci 10 years
Ah the wonderful world of PCs. I had a Commodore which was an awful experience. Then we got a Compaq which was okay. Finally, I was had to learn to use a macintosh, because I was studying graphic design. It was a long adjustment, but it was worth it. I will never use a PC as long as I love. **hugs my mac book pro and my power g4**
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
I'm not surprised to see something from eMachines on there, but I was kind of surprised that nothing from HP or Compaq made the list. Maybe I'm alone in my hatred.
bugness bugness 10 years
Wow, that Commodore looks rough. Our first PC was a Commodore 64, and I adored it. Then again, I was like, 3 and didn't know any better. When my dad moved up to a newer computer (probably a Packard Bell), I inherited the 64. It had wonderful floppy-disk games like Impossible Mission, Dino Eggs, and BC's Quest. So I was happy until my dad got a newER PC. That cycle went on and on for about 15 years, getting hand-me-down PC's and thankfully only two of them were pieces of crap. *hugs my macbook* -Bug
Kelly-O Kelly-O 10 years
My husband and I have finally recovered enough from laughing at this article for me to post. Aside from the Barbie PC, we either had ourselves, or had friends with all the units on the list. Apparently he had a friend in high school who still bears a burn mark from an Apple III. Good times, good times...
Luxury-Diva Luxury-Diva 10 years
My family was lucky enough to own a Commodore VIC 20 (1981)!!LOL That was a real piece of garbage! I was only a toddler at the time and I can remember it. I own the Dell featured on the list and I would rate it at least # 4!!
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 10 years
Haha -- my favorite is the Barbie PC. What were they thinking? Booyaka!
verily verily 10 years
My first computer was a Packard Bell 486 computer. I wholeheartedly agree that Packard Bell is the #1 worst computer company ever, followed closely by eMachines. It did manage to last a few years before the power supply blew at least, so we probably were one of the few who didn't buy a lemon. Now I build them myself, so I know exactly who to blame when something is screwed up or dies. ;)
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