|Date of production||September 2001|
|Date added to collection||October 2023|
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The NetVista series was IBM’s follow-up to the “PC” or “Personal Computer” series, and was in production from May 2000 until May 2004 when it was replaced by ThinkCentre. The NetVista was IBM’s first consumer line to feature all-black color schemes for the components, as the iMac had increased the demand for more stylized products. IBM tapped Richard Sapper, the designer of the ThinkPad, to create the sleek, matte black design for the NetVista.
NetVista was IBM’s self-admitted attempt to revitalize its personal computer division. IBM launched NetVista with a $100 million marketing campaign as part of their Edge of Network (EON) strategy meant to promote IBM solutions for technology beyond the PC. This was during a time of massive growth of the Internet’s user base, and the PC was increasingly being seen as simply a portal to the global network.
The A21i had an IBM Type designation of 2254 and was marketed as a PC with “powerful, proven technology for performance on a budget.” It was in production from September 18, 2001 until April 2002.
|Motherboard||Universal Scientific Industrial Pro300A_AFP|
|CPU||Intel Celeron 1.0 GHz (Socket PGA370)|
|RAM||128 MB (PC133 SDRAM)|
|Power supply||Astec AA21480 155 W|
|HDD (original)||40 GB (EIDE)|
|FDD||3.5″ 1.44 MB|
|Optical drive||TEAC CD-W516EC 16X/10X/40X CD-RW|
|Video card||Intel 810E GMCH (onboard)|
|Sound card||Analog Devices SoundMAX (onboard)|
|Modem||Conexant HCF 56K V.90 (PCI)|
|Network card||Intel PRO/100 VE (onboard)|
|Display||IBM E74M 17″ (CRT)|
|Keyboard||IBM Rapid Access IIIe (USB)|
|Mouse||IBM ScrollPoint III (USB)|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows ME|