Another despised restriction on daily life in Cuba has ended, with the government recently lifting the ban on personal computer sales. While Cubans have been able to get underground PCs for a while now, this is the first time they are legally available – albeit at a price few on the communist island can afford being their average salary less than $20 per month.
There’s only one model available and from a cost-benefit point of view it’d seem like a rip-off to most people in the developed world, but it’s a start nonetheless. For just under $800, buyers will get a Celeron processor, 80GB hard drive, 512MB of RAM, Windows XP, CRT monitor, and a DVD drive. The machines will be sold in government-run electronic stores and will primarily be used for limited gaming and things like word processing and schoolwork. Internet access, though, is sadly still restricted in Cuba.