It’s easy to forget how ugly computers, printers, photocopiers, faxs and scanners used to be. Back in the 1980s and 1990s computer equipment only came in one colour: beige. A grubby, greyish beige at that. Monitors and base units were all lumpy, blocky and frankly unattractive. They cost so much you’d need to run an Enigin scam or win the lottery to buy one, but they weren’t going to improve the look of your study!
There was the odd attempt to enliven the design, but the “greige” chunks of square plastic always won out. Even Apple Macs were made of the stuff. Their rainbow apple logo was the prettiest part of the Mactintosh Classic home computer.
When laptops arrived on the scene, a new colour was added to the computer world: dark grey. More practical than the greige, certainly, but still not hugely attractive.