40 years of the laptop: how mobile PCs changed the world

Main image: The IBM ThinkPad 700 series first appeared in 1992.

If you own a PC, it is more likely to be a lightweight, portable notebook than a large, bulky desktop. The rectangular box that touches your desk is becoming less popular, and the more you sell, the more distance your laptop gets.

Innovation almost constantly leads to modest laptops becoming lighter and lighter than ever The hardware inside has become more powerful over the long battery life.

Making a powerful, portable computer is never meaningful. Here we look back at some of the pivotal moments in the history of laptop development.

1981: The world's first true mobile computer Osborne 1

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Many people become Osborne 1's grandfather of notebooks. Released in 1981 by Osborne Computer, Osborne 1 had a 5-inch screen, two floppy drives, a modem, a battery pack and a keyboard built into the lid.

The large, bulky (weighing 11 kg, but slightly larger than the sum of the five MacBook Pros), this early computer still has a recognizable laptop feature. Sadly, it was not a hit, but it showed the potential of a portable personal computer. For the first time, people were able to take their computers with them when they were traveling.

At the time of release

1983: Grid Compass 1101, the first folding notebook

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The first portable that looks like a laptop The laptop was the Grid Compass 1101, which was launched in 1983. This laptop design can clasp the screen when clamshell design and keyboard are closed. This breakthrough innovation meant that the Grid Compass 1101 could be moved more easily while protecting the screen and keyboard.

Grid compass 1101 itself was a successful and influential design to withstand. (About $ 25,000 / £ 20,000 / $ 35,000 for today's money). Patents for many innovative technologies have received a lot of money from GRID Systems Corp.

1989: Compaq LTE and Compaq LTE 286, First Notebook PC

  Compaq LTE

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(Image: © Computing History Center) It was more portable than a regular PC, but it was also called 'rugged' because it was still big, bulky and could not be easily transported.

However, in 1989 Compaq LTE and LTE 286 were released, they were used as the first notebook PCs because they were usually about the size of paper notebooks replayed. This compact notebook is easier to carry and has been popular with many travelers.

There were also a lot more because it was two of the first laptops with built-in hard drives and floppy disk drives. The Compaq LTE hard drive has 20 MB of storage space, doubling the Compaq LTE 286. [19659000] In 1989, Apple saw the launch of its first laptops and was as small or as easy as Compaq LTE. I could not carry it (19659008). Still regarded as a 'luggable' device), it provided a pretty good battery life and a decent screen. Modern MacBooks are still famous.

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1991: Apple PowerBook 100 Series: Breakthrough Early Laptop

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SA 3.0) [19659008] In 1991, Apple released the PowerBook 100, PowerBook 140 and PowerBook 170 series. It was far more successful than I had ever tried to make a portable PC, and it has introduced a number of innovative features. It has become an essential element of modern notebook design.

For example, the keyboard is placed on the bottom half of the back of the notebook to provide space for the palm rest and trackball on the front. Up to this point, most laptops have keyboards on the front and space behind the function key reference cards and instructions.

The included trackpad was a notable feature because it provided a convenient way to control the pointing device. These pointing devices will play a pivotal role because of the operating system moving from the text-only command-line interface to the graphical user interface.

The Apple PowerBook series has gained tremendous popularity and over the years, the PowerBook family has introduced some of the innovative features we have. It gives a natural result on the notebook. In 1994, the PowerBook 500 Series was the first notebook to have a true touchpad and was the first to have an embedded Ethernet network adapter. [19659000] In 1992, IBM introduced its first ThinkPad notebooks, the 700, 700c, and 700t, which are based on the Apple Think of it as the first modern laptop with the PowerBook 100 series to create a notebook. Scenery of the next 25 years.

The ThinkPad has a red TrackPoint in the center of the keyboard that is used to control the pointer, and modern ThinkPads still have symbolic features.

The ThinkPad 700 is capable of a laptop device. It features a full-color 10.4-inch display and is larger than the previous notebook screen, with a 120 MB hard drive and a robust IBM 486 SLC processor.

ThinkPad's design was stylish and functional, and it won the design award. IBM wanted to highlight how well ThinkPad was built at a series of promotional events, for example with laptops used by archaeologists in Egypt. The ThinkPad 750c has been moved to NASA's space and has proven how modern laptops are.

Used to overcome the technical challenges of time with innovative features and design choices, this ultra-compact notebook paved the way for today's modern machines. It is an early pioneer for those who use it every day, and make it a great device for home, school and work.

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