The Unique History Of The First Laptop And Beyond

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When it comes to the history of the first laptop, there is much debate over the official first laptop. There were many portable computers being designed and created in the late 1970's and early 1980's.

The most popular choice for the first laptop by historians is the Osborne 1. It weighed an impressive 24 pounds. It also had a carrying case for easy portability. The creator, Adam Osborne, strongly believed in the future of computers to be portable.

And the price? A pretty affordable $1,795.

The next extremely large laptop the came out was the Compaq 1. It was more popular because it introducted IBM compatibility in a laptop. Something that was in heady demand at the time.

It had a slightly larger screen then the Osborne 1. But the price was much bigger. Getting one of these usually cost you around $3,590.

Both of the laptops still had one problem. The power cord.

You couldn't run these machines on their own. So you couldn't really call them 100% portable. But they certainly laid the foundation for more to come...

The Radio Shack Model 100 is one of the first laptops to have a huge success.

It had everything that you could ask for at the time.

  • IBM PC compatible
  • several built-in programs
  • full action keyboard
  • and the ability to write and buy programs that were written in the BASIC programming language
  • And the biggest thing was that it was only 6 pounds and ran for hours on AA batteries.

    The only thing missing now is power...

    These laptops were capable of doing many things. But had nowhere near the capabilites of the standard desktop computer.

    Different laptop models came out in the mid 1980's that had the power but were to bulky and heavy to be a popular laptop.

    One of the first official laptops to accomplish this was the Compaq SLT. It can be considered the first truly useful laptop.

    It had the power of the desktops at that time. And although it still weighed 14 pounds and only ran on batteries for about an hour, it was a pretty good laptop.

    And it looked very similar to what we have today!

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