5 80s Tech That Might Just Come In Handy Today

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Technology sometimes feels like it’s moving at the speed of light because as soon as something is released there is a more advanced version in the works. We’ve made our way through a lot of technology over the years, but I thought it would be fun to look at some 80’s technology you might want if you collect things from the past and it could even come in handy today.

A videocassette recorder (VCR)

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I don’t even know if you’ll remember what a VCR looks like anymore, but when they came out in the 80’s they brought a lot of joy to many people. Why would you still want to have one these days? Think about all those old movies and TV shows you’ll be able to find at random garage sales across the country. I’m sure most people would love to watch something again only it’s impossible to find on DVD. I doubt you’ll be able to use it to record TV shows unless you have a really ancient set-up.

Video Game Consoles

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If you look on websites like eBay you’ll find that old game consoles still fetch a good price. They look very cool and add a retro feel to your computer room, but you’ll also get to enjoy those games you were addicted to during your school years. Even though the games might be no match for the ones you can play on a PlayStation 3 or Xbox One, they will still let you have hours of fun. Space Raiders is still a cult classic and there are hundreds more where that came from.


A fax machine

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Most people who grew up in the 90’s have probably never seen a fax machine in their life. They blasted onto the scene in the 80’s and became very popular, especially with businesses that will probably still use them today if they’re a little outdated. Think of them as an old school way you send a text message. Even though there are easier ways to send messages these days some retro junkies are picking up old fax machines because they look attractive around the home.

A cordless phone

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Before mobile phones hit the shelves people were in love with cordless phones. It finally meant someone could walk around their home while speaking on their handset. Standing in the same spot for an hour during a long telephone call wasn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. These days you might not have a land-line because your smartphone can take care of everything, but if you do it might be a good idea to pick up an old cordless phone. Even though they look old they’re still very attractive, especially if you like to live in the past.

Apple Macintosh

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Apple is one of the most powerful companies in the world, but I suppose we all need to start out somewhere. You might have an iPad, an iPod, an iPhone, or a Mac computer, but do you have a Macintosh computer from the 80’s? If you love Apple you might want to think about picking one up because it’s a great collector’s item. It will also help you realize how much computer technology has improved in the last few years.


An antique collection

As soon as new technology is released we fall in love, but a few years later we throw it away because it becomes old and impractical. It’s only many years later when we realize we should have kept everything after all. Retro technology is a big deal and we love anything with a few years under its belt. If you want to add a few cool things to your retro collection you should think about getting some of the technology we’ve spoken about today.


Author Bio: Today’s guest author, Jenny Wadlow, is a freelance blogger who often shares insight on topics related to technology and its changing trends. She writes for Cellphone Unlocker, a company providing phone unlock codes. She is a voracious reader and her other hobbies include gardening and swimming. You can follow her on Twitter @JennyWadlow.