Alex Burns

ALTHOUGH this image may look prehistoric to the modern eye, when it was taken in 1987 it would have captured what was then the cutting edge of technology. In offering both personal and business computers, this Dixons' store was providing an insight into the type of technology we have all come to rely on.

Offering monitors, hard drives and keyboards as a "complete computer package" was a relatively new phenomenon, as people had previously been using TVs to act as computer monitors.

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The computers are advertised as featuring "word processing", a "data base" and even "graphics" which are an absolute given for even the most basic of models in 2017.

To get a 28MB hard drive, the offer advertised in this Dixons' store was a colour processor that would set you back £1299. By way of comparison, 28MB (the entire capacity of the model from 1987) would today hold a mere five minutes of video or 28 digital pictures. And by paying the same price of £1299, in 2017 you would get a top of the range MacBook, with a hard drive nearly three hundred times greater than that offered 30 years ago. The employee in the picture doesn’t appear to have many customers keen to get a slice of the latest technology – a great contrast to the queues that snake round stores nowadays when the latest smartphones are released.