1980s or 1990s tech?

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As far as gadgets go, the world completely changed during the 1980s and '90s. Think about it -- we started the '80s without VCRs, and by the end of the '90s, we had tiny cell phones in our pockets. Can you guess which of these iconic gadgets was introduced in which decade?

Super Nintendo Entertainment System

The wildly popular SNES was introduced to the U.S. market in 1991.


Sega Genesis

The Sega Genesis came out in 1989, two years before its fiercest competitor, Super Nintendo.


Motorola DynaTAC: the first commercially available mobile phone

The 2-pound DynaTAC came out in 1983.


Sony CDP-101: the first commercially released CD player

The CDP-101 launched worldwide in 1983, retailing for $900.


Sony Discman

It didn't take Sony long to refine the CD-player format -- the Discman made its debut in 1984.


Nintendo 64

Named for its 64-bit CPU, the Nintendo 64 gaming system came out in 1996.


The original Macintosh computer

Apple revolutionized the computing world when it unveiled the first Mac in 1984.



The first DVDs went on sale in the United States in 1997. Within six years, Americans were renting more DVDs than VHS tapes every week.


Nintendo Game Boy

The grandaddy of all handheld gaming systems became available in North America in 1989.


The Mac Portable

The Mac Portable, which debuted in 1989, was Apple's first foray into the laptop market. It cost a hefty $6,500 and pretty much tanked.


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