NAIS MacPortable -Forerunner Of Today's Laptop Computers, 1989
One day in 1989, the latest issue of MacUser Magazine arrived at the NAIS office. On the front cover was a photo of a good looking girl setting on a float in a swimming pool working on the new MacPortable. Thinking that this kind of mobility was the way to go, it wasn 't long until Ralph Thomas managed to get a credit line increase on his Apple credit card and had one! This time it set him back another $6,500.00 but what the heck! He had the forerunner of today's notebook computers. Thomas ended up flat on his back from carrying the heavy thing around. It was over 50 lbs. Take a look at the specs to see what you could actually get for $6,500.00 in 1989.

Price: $6,500

CPU
CPU: Motorola MC68000
CPU Speed: 16 MHz
Bus Speed: 16 MHz
Data Path: 16 bit
ROM: 256 kB
RAM Type: proprietary
Minimum RAM Speed: 100 ns
Onboard RAM: 1 MB
RAM slots: 1
Maximum RAM: 8 MB
Level 1 Cache: 0.5 kB
 
Video
Screen: 1-bit active matrix (backlit after 2/91)
Max Resolution: 640x400
 
Storage
Hard Drive: optional 40 MB
Floppy Drive: 1 or 2 1.4 MB SuperDrive
 
Input/Output
ADB: 1
Serial: 2
SCSI: DB-25
Audio Out: stereo 8 bit mini
Speaker: mono
 
Miscellaneous
Codename: Laguna, Riveria, Malibu, Esprit, Guiness. (Backlit configuration: Aruba, Love Shack, Mulligan)
Gestalt ID: 10
Power: 5 Watts
Dimensions: 4.05" H x 15.25" W x 14.83" D
Weight: 15.8 lbs.
Minimum OS: 6.0.4
Maximum OS: 7.5.5
Introduced: September 1989
Terminated: October 1991

The magazine cover of Macuser Magazine in 1989. After Ralph Thomas read this magazine, he went out and purchased the 50 lb MacPortable. The $6,500.00 price tag was charged to his Apple credit card. Thomas has a bad back and this thing put him flat on his back for several weeks after carrying it around. The MacPortable was the Forerunner of today's laptop computers.

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