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Personal Computer System - Apple PowerBook PB100, 1991 Object Reg. No: HT 13353

Apple PowerBook, comprising laptop, external floppy disk drive, battery, high speed data cable (SCSI adapter), original packaging and accessory kit.

The PowerBook 100 is Apple's first lightweight laptop computer, released in October 1991 and discontinued in August 1992.

This is a battery operated portable or 'lap top' computer, supplied in its original packaging (cardboard box). The box also includes a high speed data cable (SCSI adapter), an external floppy disk drive and a spare battery.

Apple's innovative design placed the keyboard close to the screen and placed a trackball (an upside down mouse) close to the user.

Introduced at a time when laptops had no mouse and the keyboard was positioned as far from the screen as possible, this revolution in laptop design was at first ridiculed for placing the keyboard close to the screen and an upside down mouse close to the user. However the configuration proved both stable and comfortable to use on the lap, and is now (2007) accepted as the industry standard.

The donor of this particular PowerBook took the computer with him on about ten journeys around the world and it never failed to perform.

Despite it being smaller in size than standard desktop machines, the PowerBook 100 was much faster and had a larger memory. It incorporated a hard disk, squeezed into a box so tiny and light there was no room for a floppy disk drive.

This item is part of a representative collection of hardware, software, trade literature and promotional material that documents the history of the Apple company, and its contribution to, and impact on the computer industry and society.
External floppy disk drive
SCSI disk adaptor
Original packaging
Accessory kit
Acquisition Information:
Donation from John Green
Discipline: Technology
Dimension Comment: See parts records for dimensions

More information

Tagged with: computers, computing, portable computers, making history - apple computer collection, innovation design
Themes this item is part of: The power(book) of Apple design - a personal story from self-confessed Mac Nerd, The Powerbook & Me - A Mac Nerd's Story, Internet Macintosh User Group (iMug) Collection, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: microcomputers
Inscriptions: On the screen surround, is an a small embossed multi coloured Apple logo and "Macintosh PowerBook 100".
Manufacturer: Apple Computer Inc, Cupertino, California, United States of America, 1991

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