The IBM Personal System/1 was a compact, easy-to-use computer primarily for use in the home. Its developers wanted a computer that would be easy enough for the novice to use and powerful enough for the more advanced user, flexible enough to meet the needs of every family member, a snap to set up, and priced economically (ranging from $999 to 1,999).
Making its debut on June 26, 1990, the PS/1 fit the bill in every respect as a serious machine that was simple to use. New users could simply take it out of the box, plug it in and turn it on with a touch of a button. Colorful graphics on the first screen guided users to the PS/1's built-in software and to online services, eliminating the need to understand computer language. On the other hand, the PS/1 had the power and capacity to help run a home-based business or connect users with their office. The compact system unit was powered by the Intel 80286 microprocessor, with either 512K or 1 megabyte of memory. For storage, consumers could choose initial models with either a 1.44 MB diskette drive or diskette drive plus 30 MB hard disk. The system unit also included a built-in 2400-bits-per-second modem. A variety of options were available for additional expansion and flexibility.
The PS/1 was eventually succeeded by the IBM Aptiva line of personal computers in the mid-1990s. (VV4023)