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  • Grid Compass

    Grid Compass
    The Grid Compass was one of the most attractive laptops. In fact, a lot of people have the opinion that it was the first unique laptop. Bill Moggridge began its design in 1979 and finally released it in 1982. As a result of its high cost, many people were not able to afford it. Nevertheless, it was very important to the US military and NASA.
  • The True First Laptop

    The True First Laptop
    In 1981, the first laptop, Osborne 1,was invented by Adam Osborne. It weighed 24 pounds and cost about $1,800.It came with a five-inch screen, modem port, two 5 1/4 floppy drives, a large collection of bundled software programs, and a battery pack.
  • Compaq

    A more enduring success was the Compaq Portable, the first product from Compaq, introduced in 1983, by which time the IBM Personal Computer had become the standard platform. Although scarcely more portable than the Osborne machines, and also requiring AC power to run, it ran MS-DOS and was the first true legal IBM clone (IBM's own later Portable Computer, which arrived in 1984, was notably less IBM PC-compatible than the Compaq
  • Bondwell 2

    Bondwell 2
    Although it wasn't released until 1985, well after the decline of CP/M as a major operating system, the Bondwell 2 is one of only a handful of CP/M laptops. It used a Z-80 CPU running at 4 MHz, had 64 K RAM and, unusual for a CP/M machine, a 3.5" floppy disk drive built in. It had a 80×25 character-based LCD mounted on a hinge similar to modern laptops, one of the first computers to use this form factor.
  • IMB PC

    IMB PC
    In 1986 the IBM PC Convertible was famed for its clamshell design. Data storage was supplied by two 3.5 inch floppy drives as hard drives at this point in time were too large to fit into a battery powered portable machine. The PC Convertible used an 8088 microprocessor running at 4.77 MHz, it had 256 kilobytes of memory, two 3.5-inch floppy drives, liquid crystal display, parallel and serial printer ports and a space for an internal modem. It came with its own applications software, weighed arou
  • First Apple Computer

    First Apple Computer
    The first Apple Computer machine designed to be used on the go was the 1989 Macintosh Portable. It was actually a "luggable" not a laptop, but the Mac Portable was praised for its clear active matrix display and long battery life, but was a poor seller due to its bulk. In the absence of a true Apple laptop, several compatible machines s
  • Apple Laptops (newer)

    Apple Laptops (newer)
    The PowerBook 100 was a laptop manufactured by Apple in 1991 that gained huge market share. Priced at $2,300 in the States. It sported a Motorla 68000 16-megahertz (MHz) processor, 20mb hard drive, 2 to 8 megabytes (MB) of memory, and a 9-inch (23 cm) monochrome backlit LCD screen with 640 × 400 pixel resolution. It did not have a built-in floppy disk drive but did have a trackball pointing device in front of the keyboard for moving the cursor. It weighed only 5.1 pounds