Amstrad ALT-286

Year: 1989 Initial Price: $ 2600   The Amstrad ALT-286 is a very nice machine, its a mix between the TOSHIBA T3100/20 and the SHARP PC-4500. It shares same technology like the two mentioned above but the display its superior due to the fact it came on the market almost 3 years after the Toshiba…

Texas Instruments Compact Computer 40

Initial year: 1983 Initial Price: $249.95   The Texas Instruments Compact Computer 40 or CC-40 is a battery-operated portable computer that was manufactured and released by Texas Instruments in March 1983. Priced at US$249, it weighs 600 grams (22 ounces) and can be powered by four AA batteries or an AC adapter. It was intended as a portable business computer, and uses TI’s TMS70C20 CPU,…

Osborne 1 -the first commercially successful portable microcomputer

INITIAL PRICE: $1795 \\ $4729 in 2016 YEAR: 1981 The Osborne 1 was the first commercially successful portable microcomputer, released on April 3, 1981, by Osborne Computer Corporation. It weighed 10.7 kg (24.5 lb), cost $1,795 US, and ran the CP/M 2.2 operating system. Powered directly from a mains socket as it had no on-board battery, it…

Olivetti M10 by Kyocera Corporation (Japan)

YEAR: 1983 Initial Price: 800 $   The Olivetti M-10 is basically the same computer as the Tandy 100 or the NEC PC-8201. All these machines were in fact conceived by Kyocera Corporation (Japan). Thus they all have very similar characteristics. Olivetti is well known for computers with special design, and the M-10 is not an exception. Compared…

TOSHIBA T3100e

YEAR: 1986 INITIAL PRICE: 6899 USD T3100e was a laptop manufactured by Toshiba and released in 1986. It featured a 20 MB hard drive, 12 MHz Intel 80286, 1mB RAM and a monochrome 9.6″ gas-plasma display with a resolution of up to 640×400 pixels. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Five versions ever existed: The T3100 had a…

Amstrad PPC512

YEAR: 1987 INITIAL PRICE: 1455 USD LIKE US ON FACEBOOK The PPC512 had an NEC V30 processor running at 8 MHz, 512 KB of memory, a full-size 102-key keyboard, a built-in liquid crystal display (not backlit) that could emulate the CGA or MDA and either one or two 720k 3.5″ floppy drives (the model was either…

The TOSHIBA T3100/20

YEAR: 1986 INITIAL PRICE: 6899 USD T3100 was a laptop manufactured by Toshiba and released in 1986. It featured a 10 MB hard drive, 8 MHz Intel 80286 CPU and a monochrome 9.6″ gas-plasma display with a resolution of up to 640×400 pixels. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Five versions ever existed: The T3100 had a 8…