The Cost of Technology Over the Decades [Infographic]

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By Jason Fitzpatrick on January 24th, 2012

In 1977 an Atari 2600 cost $200. Adjusted for inflation that’s $589–more than enough to buy an Xbox 360, Wii, and some accessories for both. Check out this infographic for comparisons between computers, cellphones, and more.

Over all the comparisons are novel, but we have to log a minor complaint about the Televisions Sets section. While its obvious they’re trying to show how much more you get for your money these days, it seems like would have been a better comparison to either show how much a 19″ color HDTV costs now or to show how much TV you could get for the adjusted-for-inflation $1,650 price tag. That said, it’s a fascinating look at the falling price of consumer goods.

[via Daily Infographic]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/24/12
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