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February 13th, 2010, 09:37 PM
200px|thumb|top|the Packard Bell logo
200px|thumb|left|A Packard Bell series 2 computer
Packard Bell is a technology company which used to make computers, as well as TV's, and radios. Packard Bell was founded in 1926 and lasted until 2008 when Packard Bell was acquired by the Acer computer corporation. Packard Bell played a moderate role in vintage computing and were the manufacturers of many computers.

December 3rd, 2018, 03:42 PM
Here is a listing of models with their CPU I have compiled over the years.

Axcel 42CD, A940-4X4A: 486SX
Axcel 453CD: Pentium
Executive 486SX, PB 23: 486
Force 53CD: 486DX
Legend I, PB686: 286
Legend 7CD: 486SX
Legend 11CD: 486DX
Legend 15CD: 486SX
Legend 17CD: A940: 486SX
Legend 24CD: Pentium
Legend 81CD Supreme: 486DX2
Legend 110CDT: Pentium
Legend 125, PB411A: 486SX
Legend 130CD, A940: Pentium
Legend 245, PB421A: 486SX
Legend 300, A940: Pentium
Legend 300CD, 1412SL: Pentium
Legend 300SX: 386
Legend 386SX: 386SX
Legend 605, PB400: 486SX
Legend 650 Plus, 841123: 386SX
Legend 660: Pentium
Legend 730, PB400: 486SX
Legend 780, PB421A: 486SX
Legend 814CD, A940: Pentium
Legend 823CDT, A940-TWR: Pentium
Legend 1540 Supreme: Pentium
Legend 2000 Plus Multi-Media, PB431A: 486SX
Legend 2050, PB440A: 486DX2
Legend 2440, LG 2440: Pentium
Legend Supreme 1910, A950-TWR: Pentium
Multi-Media, 102 CD: 486
Multimedia 215: Pentium
Multimedia 750, A940-TWR: Pentium
Multimedia C115, C 115 A: Pentium
Multimedia D135, A940: Pentium
Multimedia E154: Pentium
Multimedia M400: Pentium
Multimedia S606: Pentium
Pack-Mate II: 286
Pack-Mate 7715EX, A950-TWR: Pentium
Pack-Mate 7600, A940-TWR: Pentium
Pack-Mate 6200: Pentium
PB500: 8088
Platinum I: Pentium
Platinum, A940: Pentium
Platinum 55, A950: Pentium
Platinum 2010X, A940: Pentium
Platinum Supreme 1850: Pentium
Synera, SYN-412: Pentium
System 1800, EX-1800I: TBD (286?)

December 4th, 2018, 06:44 AM
Pack-Mate 28 Plus: 486SX2-50 (I currently own this machine) (http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthread.php?60210-Story-of-my-Packard-Bell-Pack-Mate-28-Plus&highlight=)


December 4th, 2018, 09:42 AM
2008 seems pretty late. I know Acer ended up purchasing thier IP but werent they purchased prior to that as well. i remember in thier hayday being sold at sears (late 80's early 90's) but I dont have any memories of seeing them in the late 90's or early 2000's let alone 2008. Seems they were gone before then.

December 4th, 2018, 09:50 AM
There have been 4 Packard Bell as computer companies:
The one that ran mid-80s to mid-90s and had all sorts of problems
from mid-90s to early 2000s, was the consumer computer division for NEC and lost money
2008 on was part of Acer in Europe
Apparently, there is a new US Packard Bell producing laptops for J.C. Penney starting last year but I haven't seen any.

December 4th, 2018, 10:11 AM
Huh. Interesting to hear something about that. I got my Packard Bell with the keyboard and mouse for $17 + tax last February of 2017 and upgraded the heck out of it. In fact, Amazon does sell Packard Bell laptops that are running Windows 10, but, they ain't what they used to be.

In fact, back in the 1980's, they were the first company that are IBM PC Compatible that were sold at retail stores, such as Sears for the time being until the 1990's when they got bought out by NEC, then later Acer.

Sauce: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Packard_Bell

December 4th, 2018, 10:14 AM
Apparently, there is a new US Packard Bell producing laptops for J.C. Penney starting last year but I haven't seen any.

Wow, one failing company selling another failing companies product. Thats just silly.

December 4th, 2018, 10:28 AM
At this stage, it's just a name, like "Hell and Bowels" (bankrupt in 2011) or "Rolapoid" (bankrupt twice in the 2000s and now owned by Polish investor Oskar Smołokowski).

The old PB was notable not only in home appliances, but also in early computing. I'd posit that the PB250 (no relation to the PB500 or its ilk) was one of the first minicomputers. You could power it from a wall receptacle.

In the 80s, the moribund brand was picked up by an Israeli army tank driver and his buddies.