While I could get either an IBM PC 5150 with a CGA card, and color monitor, or a Mac 128 for the $2.5K you mention, these are two different products, in two different markets that have very little to do with each other, other than both being personal computers from the 1980's. The PC was what, 1982, the Mac was 1984. The Lisa, which is what this forum's topic is about, is far closer to a mini-computer, and was actually built by folks who previously worked on mini's. I'd say it was a workstation, though that word wasn't used at the time.

That's generally true. From an article published in 1983:
"Stopping far short of any consensus is the feeling that home computers cost less than $500 and have less than 48K of memory. Personal computers cost less than $2,000 and have 48K or 64K standard. Desktop computers go for 64K to 256K and cost $2,000 to $4,000. Nobody knows what a work station is because we aren’t there yet.

These definitions, albeit probably all wet, certainly clear the air. Vic-20 and Atari 400 are home computers. Apple II and Atari 800 are personal computers. IBM pc and Apple III are desktop computers. Does this mean Lisa’s a work station?"

(from http://www.guidebookgallery.org/articles/lisasdebut)

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