Macintosh Portable


As Apple’s first true portable computer, the Macintosh Portable was more “luggable” than “laptop”. Weighing in at over 15.5 pounds (7kg), it sported a 16 MHz Motorola 68000 processor, 1 MB RAM, 1.44 MB “SuperDrive” floppy disk drive, a PDS slot and an optional internal SCSI hard disk drive making it the functional equivalent of a Macintosh SE FDHD. The active matrix LCD display was best-in-class at the time and the lead-acid battery could provide up to ten hours of use on a single charge. The snap-together design precluded the use of a screwdriver to disassemble. The trackball could be user-exchanged for a 10-key numeric pad or the keyboard/accessory layout swapped for left or right handed use.

Unfortunately, all that tech could not overcome the weight and its $6499 price tag. Sales were less than swift and when the $2300 Powerbook 100 was unveiled in 1991, it made the Portable look positively silly in comparison.

This machine features a 2 MB RAM upgrade (1MB+1MB), a 40 MB internal Conner SCSI hard disk drive, built-in modem, an auxiliary 10-key numeric keypad, and a rebuilt battery. It boots into System 6.0.8.