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The once, and future, Commodore 64
Apple and IBM too pricey for you? Commodore, with its Commodore 64, a computer inside of a keyboard that required a spare TV for the interface, had the machine for you at $299. It wasn't much of a PC -- 64K of memory was small even by 1983 standards -- but it proved amazingly popular. Indeed, Commodore recently released a 21st century Commodore 64 running Linux.
KayPro: One of the first "portable" computers.
You also could have bought one of the last PCs running the CP/M-80 operating system: the "portable" KayPro II for only $995.
Big-time TRS-80 PCs with even bigger prices.
Another choice for someone wanting a small office/home office computer under the Christmas tree was the TRS-80 Model 16 PCs with eye-watering price-tags starting at $6,893. But, hey, you got a 12MB hard drive with that! What a deal!