Best Selling Desktop Computers 1979 – 2021

Best Selling Desktop Computers 1979 – 2021

In this race we will look at the top selling desktop computers since 1979.
It only includes individual series, not full lines such as XPS, Pavillion, Presario, OptiPlex, etc.

Apple II

Originally, Apple was a computer brand for hobbyist, similar to Raspberry Pi. But they quickly became a mainstream computer company with the introduction of the Apple 2.

Commodore VIC-20
The VIC-20 from Commodore was highly successful, becoming the first computer to sell more than a million units.

Sinclair ZX81 (Sinclair 1000)
The Sinclair ZX81 was under-powered for its time with only 1KB of RAM and a 3.25 MHz processor, but its $99 price made it very popular .

Commodore 64
https://amzn.to/39nCM1z (Mini)
The Commodore 64 is touted as the most popular computer of all time and included a 1MHz CPU and of course, 64 KB of RAM.

IBM PC 5150
The first IBM PC came with a 4.77 MHz 16-bit Intel 8088 processor and 16KB of RAM. It was priced between $1500 and $3000.

NEC PC 9800
The NEC PC 9800 was Japan’s answer to IBM’s PC, it featured a 5 MHz Intel 8086 CPU, two display controllers and 128KB of RAM for about the same price. The 8086 CPU gave rise to the x86 architecture, which eventually became Intel’s most successful line of processors.

Sinclair ZX Spectrum
The ZX Spectrum came with 16KB of RAM, and a 3.5 MHz CPU. It’s power and low price of $166 allowed it to become a popular household PC.

Amiga 500
The Amiga 500 made the leap to a 32-bit CPU at 7MHz, 512KB of RAM, support for 4096 colors, and an internal 3.5-inch floppy drive. For only $700.

Apple iMac
https://amzn.to/3qWFaCp (Latest)

The iMac was the beginning of a new era for Apple, not only rescuing the company from a series of flops but also ushering in a new design and marketing strategy.

Mac Mini
https://amzn.to/3iSK2pv (Latest)
The Mac mini was the first mac to ship without a monitor or keyboard. Its focus was to attract PC users and living room usage.

Raspberry Pi
https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-4-model-b/ (Latest)
Although it is mostly used for specific applications in science, robotics and engineering, The Raspberry Pi can also be used as a desktop computer. Making it the best selling desktop computer to date. It’s popularity has to do with its tiny size and price under $40.

What other desktop computer should be in this list?

Source: Statista, Wikipedia, Google Book Search

50 Comments

  1. METACTAFT on June 20, 2021 at 12:15 am

    The amiga 500 was very powerful

  2. Dylan Major on June 20, 2021 at 12:16 am

    New Style of Commentary, eh? I would like to see more of that.

    I was thinking about doing the best selling video games battle from Microsoft vs Sony vs Nintendo (And by that, the total units from consoles from those three companies)

  3. Jason Wharton on June 20, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Is it just me, or has no one else could of the Raspberry pi before watching this

  4. Torsten Därr on June 20, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Chromebooks are gaining market share big time.

  5. HoldMyBlade on June 20, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Apples and raspberries, how about that.

  6. Jack The Demon2x574 on June 20, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Where’s the Tandy 1000?

  7. RetroToaster on June 20, 2021 at 12:20 am

    One important thing – people really actively used all these computers, for work and education. But Raspberry Pi a lot of them buy mostly for geek tests, creating smart devices (like custom routers, handled consoles), not for using it like a daily desktop, or not for using it at all.

  8. HunterPlayzGames on June 20, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Apple iMac go gas gas 2:46

  9. HoldMyBlade on June 20, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Why are these so intense.

  10. 207 RC Lemans on June 20, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Commodore 64 legend…

  11. marcelo hidalgo on June 20, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Raspberry Pi, The mini computer used for create Mini computers

  12. Carlos Lemus on June 20, 2021 at 12:23 am

    ya you ,r back

  13. tmueller007 on June 20, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Atari ST is missing. Very successful at the beginning. Starting in 1985.

  14. Mr. Ballerinakaka (デビッド) on June 20, 2021 at 12:24 am

    IMac: Im Grow To #1!
    Raspberry Pi: Pathetic

  15. veronica velasquez valencia on June 20, 2021 at 12:25 am

    and winows ?

  16. NOBODY GAMING on June 20, 2021 at 12:25 am

    where are microsoft

  17. Brian Ciesicki on June 20, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Where is the Atari 800, or the TRS 80? In 2000 there’s still blank spaces but no Atari 800 or TRS 80

  18. M15 Productions on June 20, 2021 at 12:27 am

    There are a lot of other brands missing

  19. Mustafa Kamal on June 20, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Love the video but why Atari ST Computers are missing from the race.

  20. JD on June 20, 2021 at 12:32 am

    This is probably the most boring infographic yet.

  21. Brandon Reina on June 20, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Raspberry Pi – best known for playing PS3 games (Assassin’s Creed III, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, Monster High: New Ghoul in School, etc) through emulation

  22. Sticky Steve on June 20, 2021 at 12:36 am

    The iMac was trash

  23. Pizza Daniil on June 20, 2021 at 12:39 am

    We watch this useless information but we still watch this

  24. Виктор Пермяков on June 20, 2021 at 12:40 am

    В России этим никто не пользуется!

  25. P cj on June 20, 2021 at 12:41 am

    This video doesn’t make any sense where the amstrad machines or pc clones?????

  26. Computer Hobbyists on June 20, 2021 at 12:42 am

    My favorites on the list are the iMac and Commodore 64.

  27. HoldMyBlade on June 20, 2021 at 12:43 am

    Why are these so intense?

  28. Michael Hessi on June 20, 2021 at 12:44 am

    The video is beautiful, but complete nonsense. Using the logic of just grouping all iMacs together that only have the name in common, you could have also grouped all IBM compatible PCs together. Of course, the C64 is still the world’s best-selling computer with (22 million units).

  29. Playstation 2 on June 20, 2021 at 12:44 am

    CAN YOU STOP TALKING IN THE VIDEO!!!

  30. TUKTUK on June 20, 2021 at 12:44 am

    i can imagine a colorfull world without mac and Steve jobs rescued company.
    now we have to chocke ourselves with same phone models over and over and over.

  31. the pug nauttp plush nathdtc natspl on June 20, 2021 at 12:45 am

    No no no cit Microsoft had first computer in 1976 before Apple

  32. Sven Dännart on June 20, 2021 at 12:45 am

    atari ST is missing, atari 800 series, bbc micro, amstrad and some others….

  33. cucho69 on June 20, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Raspberry Pi emulate a C= 1541 in my (still working) C64.

  34. Matt Wolf on June 20, 2021 at 12:50 am

    I find it interesting that 80’s computers are still so high, I know the market as been flooded with various PC’S since the early 90’s but I’ve seen stuff like Dell OptiPlex’s all over the place, maybe those don’t count since they were frequently replaced with newer models but still with the model name of the computer after a handful of years.

  35. cucho69 on June 20, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Raspberry Pi emulates C64 and Amiga today.
    The best computer was the C64.
    Apple sucks with It’s iCraps

  36. Matt Matti on June 20, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Um dell?

  37. Samuel Carnall on June 20, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Ix-nay on the voiceover!!?

  38. Bho Loo on June 20, 2021 at 12:56 am

    Live in india. First time i heard about raspberry pi

  39. Peter M on June 20, 2021 at 12:56 am

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  40. Adrian de Jesus Hernandez Tejeda on June 20, 2021 at 12:57 am

    Hey, better not create a video of the most popular sodas of all time

  41. IchKaueHolz on June 20, 2021 at 12:57 am

    It Looks Like the Rest uses PC 9800

  42. SchweGELBin on June 20, 2021 at 12:57 am

    Other Title: Fruit war

  43. D J on June 20, 2021 at 1:05 am

    Sorry but these numbers are just too inconsistent. You can’t just group all the iMac, Mac Minis, or Raspberry Pi’s models together; while having something like the Commodore 64 by itself. Each iMac model is as different as say a Commodore 64 is to a Commodore 128 – in other words two different computers.

  44. the pug nauttp plush nathdtc natspl on June 20, 2021 at 1:06 am

    This is nonsense

  45. Fabian Andres Claudio Rivera (The SQU4D) on June 20, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Raspberry: *S T O N K S*
    Mac: "Somethings wrong i can feel it"

  46. Allanzêra on June 20, 2021 at 1:08 am

    I don’t like the decision to add commentary. Please stop 🙂

  47. zzzfs2004 on June 20, 2021 at 1:12 am

    PCs were neglected

  48. Ngami Choko on June 20, 2021 at 1:12 am
  49. Jeramie James (jeremysart) on June 20, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Should have included like, Gateway 2000 and Dell Optiplex! Or IBM PS/2! What about our beige boxes!? Haha

  50. ramana reddy on June 20, 2021 at 1:13 am

    How do you edit these videos

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