The Compaq Portable 486C

YEAR: 1992 INITIAL PRICE: $5899 “The Compaq Portable 486 is a computer released by Compaq Computer Corporation in 1992.[ Its street price upon its release with a 120 MB hard disk was 5899 USD. For a model with 210 MB hard disk the price was 6899 USD, but was not available initially in May 1992.” (Wikipedia)   I got this machine…

The Compaq Portable

Year: 1983 Initial Price: US $2,995 (equivalent to $7,400 in 2017) The Compaq Portable is an early portable computer which was one of the first 100% IBM PC compatible systems. It was Compaq Computer Corporation’s first product, to be followed by others in the Compaq portable series and later Compaq Deskpro series. The Compaq Portable was announced in November 1982 and first shipped in March 1983, priced at US $2,995…

Compaq Portable III Model 2660

Year: 1988 Initial Price: $4999 ($11,091.00 in 2018)      The Compaq Portable III is a PC/AT-compatible computer released by Compaq Computer Corporation in 1987. It was advertised as being much smaller and lighter than the previous portable x86-PCs, however it was still quite large by today’s standards. Three models were announced at release. The Model 1 had a list price of 3999 USD and was…

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…