First introduced in 1981, the Osborne 1 is touted as the world’s first laptop. It was priced at $1795 and featured a five inch screen and dual 5.25 inch floppy drives that were all crammed into a case that weighed a hefty 24-pounds. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
However, as the computer world moved over to creating IBM compatible machines, Osborne struggled to produce a followup, despite attempts to make a machine called ‘Vixen’. It was beaten to the market by a Compaq machine which stole their sales, and as sales of the Osborne 1 dropped off as people waited for its replacement, the firm went into bankruptcy in 1983.
It came with a suite of software using a now obsolete operating system called CP/M operating system.It sold for $1,795 which included Micropro’s Wordstar software. The machine proved extremely popular, and in 1982, more than 125,000 Osborne computers were sold.