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Laptop History in Photos

I’m the kind of person that can’t live without a laptop, I need it like I need water and food. Productivity increased very very much after laptops appeared and business people started to buy and learn how to use these fantastic computers. I present you the history of laptops and photos.

  • Also released in 1981, was the Epson HX-20, a battery powered portable computer, with a 20-character by 4 line LCD display and a built-in printer.

  • In January of 1982, Microsoft’s Kazuhiko Nishi and Bill Gates begin discussions on designing a portable computer, based on using a new liquid crystal display or LCD screen. Kazuhiko Nishi later showed the prototype to Radio Shack who agree to manufacture the computer.
  • In 1983, Radio Shack released the TRS-80 Model 100, a 4 lb. battery operated portable computer with a flat and more of a laptop design.

  • In February 1984, IBM announced the IBM 5155 Portable Personal Computer.

  • Three years later in 1986, Radio Shack released the improved and smaller TRS Model 200.

  • In 1988, Compaq Computer introduces its first laptop PC with VGA graphics – the Compaq SLT/286.

  • In 1989, NEC UltraLite was released, considered by some to be the first “notebook style” computer. It was a laptop size computer which weighed under 5 lbs.

  • In September 1989, Apple Computer released the first Macintosh Portable that later evolved into the Powerbook.

  • In 1989, Zenith Data Systems released the Zenith MinisPort, a 6-pound laptop computer.

  • In October 1989, Compaq Computer released its first notebook PC, the Compaq LTE.

  • In March 1991, Microsoft released the Microsoft BallPoint Mouse that used both mouse and trackball technology in a pointing device designed for laptop computers.

  • In October 1992, IBM released its ThinkPad 700 laptop computer.

  • In 1992, Intel and Microsoft release APM or the Advanced Power Management specification for laptop computers.
  • The summer of 1995 was a significant turning point in the history of notebook computing. In August of that year Microsoft introduced Windows_95. It was the first time that Microsoft had placed much of the power management control in the operating system. This move by Microsoft was controversial in the eyes of notebook designers because it greatly reduced their ability to innovate; however, it did serve its role in simplifying and stabilizing certain aspects of notebook design. As technology improved during the 1990s, the usefulness and popularity of laptops increased and the prices went down.


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