The Macintosh Portable was actually Apple’s first attempt at making a portable system. First released in 1989, it “was received with excitement from most critics but with very poor sales to consumers — seemingly no expense was spared in the construction of the machine.” Video of disk ejection in space after the jump.

The machine was architecturally similar to a fast Macintosh SE, using a low power version of the 68HC000 running at 16 megahertz. Weighing in at 15.8 pounds (7.2 kilograms), due in large part to the sealed lead-acid batteries used, the machine was widely considered more of a “luggable” than a portable, and compared to the PowerBook 100 series introduced a few years later, lacked the ergonomic layout that set the trend for all future laptops

The Macintosh Portable was actually Apple’s first attempt at making a portable system. First released in 1989, it “was received with excitement from most critics but with very poor sales to consumers — seemingly no expense was spared in the construction of the machine.” Video of disk ejection in space after the jump.

The machine was architecturally similar to a fast Macintosh SE, using a low power version of the 68HC000 running at 16 megahertz. Weighing in at 15.8 pounds (7.2 kilograms), due in large part to the sealed lead-acid batteries used, the machine was widely considered more of a “luggable” than a portable, and compared to the PowerBook 100 series introduced a few years later, lacked the ergonomic layout that set the trend for all future laptops