Personal Electronics

In this day and age computers are ubiquitous and come in a variety of sizes and shapes. What they all have in common is this: the more processing power you want the more you have to pay, especially if you want to keep the size small.

Below is the famous McNeill-Uxia Computer Power Assessment Scale as developed by Herbert McNeill and Catherine Uxia of Cambridge University prior to their deaths in the infamous Cambridge Bombings Incident. It is the go to standard for describing the power of computer systems amongst nerds and netrunners. Also, mentioning it is guaranteed not to get you laid amongst the normal folk.
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The cost is just the core electronics. User interface devices not included.

It is assumed you are interested in the stuff normal people want, so I’m skipping the toasters and all the interesting things you can do with them on the net.

Dumb Phones

Technically an embedded system, these wonders of technology let you make phone calls, receive text messages, play tetris and feel no regret when you destroy the phone after making a particularly incriminating call.
Basic models, extras, prices…


Basic models, extras, prices…


Laptops are basically personal computers put on a diet and given a higher price tag. Fewer and more expensive upgrade options, higher basic price. You can get all most of the processing power of a full table computer in a portable if a bit bulky form, but it will catch fire if you block the cooling fans and cost a pretty penny.

Personal Computers

Basic models, extras, prices…


Mainframes are designed for corporate use. That doesn’t mean enterprising netrunners haven’t on rare occasions gotten their hands on some, although usually very temporarily since they not exactly transportable and most runners are bad at paying their rent.

Personal Electronics

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