Model: Macintosh Portable (backlit screen)
CPU Speed: 16 MHz
Screen: 9.8″ Monochrome
Remarks: with backlight (Seed 3201) – prototype
Description: The Macintosh Portable was the “first” laptop from Apple. It featured a monochrome LCD screen, hard disk, built-in keyboard and trackball. The battery lasted for 10 hours and you could use it without recharging during a trans-American flight from the East to the West Coast.
The Portable was produced in 2 versions, the first version of 1990 had a non-backlit screen, making viewing rather difficult. The second version of 1991 fixed this problem and was released with a backlit screen.
This Portable is remembered as the first commercial off-the-shelf computer to be used in space and the first one to send an email from space to earth in 1991: aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis.
The Macintosh Portable in this collection is a “Seed Unit #3201”, a computer used by Apple to demonstrate its capabilities.