History of Laptop

The first portable computer or laptop is not clearly determined or known. The first laptops look nothing like book-sized and folding computers that are quite common nowadays.

The foremost portable computer was invented by William Moggridge, a Briton for Grid Systems Corporation in 1979. The Grid Compass was used by NASA on the space shuttle program in 1980s. Another person who initiated the development of a well-designed laptop was Manny Fernandez. His Gavilan computer was promoted to be the primary laptop in May 1983. They were considered to be the first fully functional laptops. For most historians, Osborne 1 was the foremost true portable computer, produced in 1981 by Adam Osborne. It weighed 24 pounds and came with a five-inch screen, two 5 ¼ floppy drives, modem port, a large number of collection of bundled software programs, and a battery pack. Epson HX-20 was also another development which was during 1981. It is a battery powered portable computer with a 20-character by 4 line LCD display and a built-in printer. In 1983, TRS-80 Model 100, a 4-lb battery operated laptop was produced by Radio Shack, followed by TRS Model 200 three years later. In February 1984, IBM 5155 was introduced by IBM. In 1988, Compaq SLT/286 was the initial development of Compaq Computer with VGA graphics. The year after that, they released its first notebook, Compaq LTE. However, NEC UltraLite was considered to be the first notebook style in 1989 which weighed 5 lbs. In that same year, Apple released the foremost Macintosh Portable while Zenith Data Systems created the Zenith MinisPort. In 1991, Microsoft developed Microsoft Ballpoint Mouse and Apple invented Macintosh PowerBook 100, 140, and 170. Then in 1992, APM and ThinkPad were released, followed by pen-based hand-held PDAs in 1993.

The progress of laptops is vastly upgrading. With more developments in information and technology, more notebook styles are expected in the future. So try to search more about discount laptop.


Josh Santebanes is a father who likes to play golf and billiards. He is also fascinated with airplanes and helicopters. Being a man does not stop him from doing household chores especially in choosing the best tools and accessories that will match the house. He is a father of 3 cute children.


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