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The Osborne 1, The World’s First Laptop

By David Ponce

It’s billed as the world’s first truly portable computer. Released in 1981 by the Osborne Computer Corporation, the Osborne 1 closed-up for protection, and had a carrying handle. It even had an optional battery pack, so it didn’t have to plugged into the 110VAC outlet for power.

The screen was only 5″ (diagonal) in size, and couldn’t display more than 52 characters per line of text. To compensate, you could actually scroll the screen display back and forth with the cursor keys to show lines of text up to 128 characters wide. It sold for $1,800, weighed 24.5 pounds and came with 64k of ram.

There’s a Google cache with more information, though I’ve no idea how long it’ll be good for.

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  • Mike Panic

    This was just on VH1’s I love the 80’s 3D.

  • Ray Garrison

    I sold those at ComputerLand back in the early 80’s. You neglected to mention the best part – the case was sealed with no ventilation possible. Drive motors lasted about 3 months.

  • http://nope Just Me

    My father in law had one of these, might still have it too.

  • http://dontknow marisol g. felix

    are you goys geeks or nerds choose one!

  • zach

    you guys suck ass i’m going to shuve it down your ass sideways

  • alibaba

    Do you guys know how much a working Osboune 1 is worth?

  • old_nerd

    I had one of these.

  • old_nerd

    I had one of these.