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PCMag is 40 years old. We've been around for four full decades.
A brand built around a print magazine, which started out with the fairly narrow mission of serving IBM personal computer enthusiasts, has managed to not only survive and transform into a successful website but grow and thrive, just like technology itself.
The longevity of our brand is sort of mind-blowing, especially in the modern media world where the bottom line is the top priority, the competition is fierce, and websites come and go at the speed of light. But I think you can pin our multi-decade success on one simple concept: passion...Read More
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As PCMag celebrates its 40th anniversary, we take a look back at the computers that had the greatest impact on us and the industry, from a 16K beige box to a cutting-edge convertible that redefined mobile computing.
Three-quarters of a century ago, a Bell Labs team created the most important technological innovation of the last 100 years.
In 40 years, thousands of products have passed through our lab for testing: Many good, some not so great, and a few downright bizarre.
What could have happened had the IBM PC not taken the paths it did to become the prototype stepping stone to modern computing?
21 years ago, we made some educated guesses about how technology would unfold. We're living in that future now: How did our predictions hold up?
Just for kicks, let's compare the specs of the 1981-vintage computer that inspired the birth of PC Magazine to some modern-day desktops.
Over 40 years, we've usually been right about spotting trends and picking winners and losers. But not always.
Over its 40 years, PCMag has covered every version of Microsoft's operating system. Like you, sometimes we loved it, and sometimes we didn't. Let's take it back to MS-DOS to see how Windows has evolved.
It weighs nothing and often requires dozens or even hundreds of people to make. And sometimes software fails spectacularly.
Back in 1987, Brian Dewey used PC Magazine as an invaluable resource for his job as “PC Brand Specifier.”
I was PC Magazine's editor-in-chief for 14 years, leading the publication through its heyday as the most influential computer magazine in print. And boy, was it a blast.
What a long, strange...yeah, let's just get to reliving four decades of ups and downs punctuated by milestones in the personal computer industry and our coverage of them.
For 40 years, we've reviewed thousands of outstanding technology products. These are not among them.
In our first issue, PC Magazine interviewed the 26-year-old founder of Microsoft about building the original IBM PC. Four packed decades later and we still have questions.
Four decades ago, no one knew exactly where technology would take us. We just knew the IBM PC was here to change everything.
Remember Jaz and Zip discs? Since the debut of the IBM PC, there have been many ways to store your data, and if you're geeks like us, you care about this sort of thing.
We take a look back at some of the seminal tech products and inventions that grew up alongside PC Magazine.
As part of PCMag's 40th-anniversary celebration, here are some rare scenes from the early days of personal computer shopping.
Hard drive prices are down by a factor of 400,000 (!) from PC Magazine's first year, but one critical tech category continually creeps up in price .
As PCMag celebrates four decades of industry-leading technology journalism, our top editor reflects on what drives us.