1989 Mac­in­tosh Por­ta­ble

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Launched in 1989, the Mac­in­tosh Por­ta­ble was Ap­ple’s first stab at the nascent lap­top mar­ket, and, un­for­tu­nately, it showed.

It had some pretty nifty fea­tures. With an im­pres­sive ac­tive ma­trix LCD dis­play that was crisp and quick, and a clever track­ball in­put de­vice that could be switched to ei­ther side of the key­board, it showed some touches of clas­sic Ap­ple flair.

Still, at 16 pounds it rather strained the def­i­ni­tion of “por­ta­ble.” There was also the is­sue of cost. At $7,300 for a model equipped with a hard drive (about $14,626 today), its princely price tag meant it wasn’t an op­tion for those with faint hearts or light wal­lets.

There was an­other se­ri­ous is­sue, though. It could only run on mains power if a bat­tery was in­stalled; if the bat­tery could no longer hold a charge, you couldn’t run it on mains power at all. Con­se­quently, it’s nearly im­pos­si­ble to find a work­ing, us­able Mac­in­tosh Por­ta­ble in the wild today.

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