Modern technology is not expensive

A thought…

Although modern digital technology sometimes feels expensive, by historic standards it is anything but.

When I began writing about computers in the 1980s a business microcomputer cost close to the annual average take home salary. In the 1990s most workers would need to toil for months to buy a basic PC.

According to Statistics New Zealand the average weekly household income in the first half of 2015 was $882.

That means New Zealand household on average income could afford, say, a $2000 i5 Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and a $200 Type Cover in less than three weeks.

The Surface Pro 4 is a swept-up business computer. If you spent that much, you’d expect to be productive and quickly earn enough extra to pay for it.

A better example is the Chromebook. A decent one costs about three days’ take home pay. That’s not chicken feed for a typical New Zealand family, but nor is it prohibitive.

4 thoughts on “Modern technology is not expensive

  1. The average New Zealand household could only afford the Surface in 3 weeks if they suspended paying all bills and eating. They could afford it with 3 weeks pay, but it would likely take them longer to save it up.

      • I think I was quibbling over the wording of this

        That means New Zealand household on average income could afford, say, a $2000 i5 Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and a $200 Type Cover in less than three weeks.

        Perhaps it could have been written as

        That means a $2000 i5 Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and a $200 Type Cover is equivalent to about three weeks wages for the average New Zealand household.

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