Category: "Portables"

Kaypro 10

For just a few dollars more than the cost of adding a separate hard drive to an existing computer you could buy the Kaypro 10. A full featured transportable computer, built by Non-Linear Systems in Solana Beach CA. The Kaypro 10 followed the Kaypro II and is similar to it and the Kaypro 4 in […]

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Commodore SX-64

This portable computer is the Commodore SX-64 and is known as the first portable with a color screen. It was released in 1984 to compete with the Osborne 1 and Compaq Portable but it didn’t do a very good job of it. Sales were poor and it was discontinued by 1986. The SX-64 used a […]

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Osborne Vixen

The Osborne Computer Corporation offered the Osborne Vixen computer in 1984, just as they were about to go bankrupt. This machine was not officially released by Osborne, but by a consultant named Fred Coury. It was a natural development from the earlier Osborne 1 and was also named “Osborne 4” by some. It was created […]

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Osborne OCC-2 Executive

The Osborne Computer Corporation some original and successful computers. The Osborne Executive came right after their “Osborne 1” model. The Osborne Executive was the source of some improvements over the earlier model, with a larger screen, more memory, and the like. It was designed portable, but in those days that meant “luggable”, as in “luggage”. […]

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Compaq Portable

Compaq portables have been with us for a long time. The very first one was created back in 1982. It was not released until 1983. If you carried it around, it would have been good exercise. It weighed from 28 up to 34 pounds. Compare that with those netbooks today that weigh a pound and […]

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Tandy 200

Tandy is no longer with us, but some of their computers are. The Tandy 200 is also sometimes referred to as the TRS-80 Model 200 even though Tandy had dropped the TRS prefix by that time. This was a computer designed with a little better specifications than its predecessor, the Tandy Model 100. The improvements […]

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Otrona Attache

The Otrona Attache was similar to those “one hit wonder” musical bands you have heard about. It was laid out well and got the nickname of “BMW of portables”. It was one of the smallest portable computers of its day. It was also one of the most expensive. Read on to discover more on the […]

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Panasonic Executive Partner

The Panasonic Executive Partner definitely looks like a product designed by someone with a vision of a laptop. It had the layout of what would be a very large laptop of today. It was not that light, and weighed in at 28 pounds. But this computer had one extra addition, an internal printer. The display […]

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Panasonic Sr Partner

Some of the earlier computers were rare ones. The Panasonic Sr. Partner is just such a computer. This was designed in Japan as a type of IBM clone back in 1983. It was one of the first clones to leave Japan for other shores. The computer was created to be portable, but not the way […]

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Kaypro II

The Kaypro II was a more modern looking computer even though it came out in 1982. The Kaypro company was founded by Andy Kay and under the name of Non-Linear Systems. The Kaypro II was the first computer made totally of metal. It was designed to be portable. It weighed 29 pounds ( 13 Kilograms […]

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