Vintage PC hardware gallery


Said to be the first laptop computer, The GRiD compass was designed in 1979 by Bill Moggridge. In its day, the 320×200 display, bubble RAM and integrated 1200 bps modem made it the province of only the most spendy outfits: Nasa and the U.S. Military, and not so much you or I.

It’s one of several fascinating items at Royal Pingdom’s gallery of vintage computer hardware. I would like an ugly netbook just like it, with a miniature but clacky IBM-style keyboard.


Gallery of Historical PC Hardware [Royal Pingdom via Wired: Gadget Lab]

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6 Responses to Vintage PC hardware gallery

  1. Tommy says:

    Obligatory links:


    Long defunct:

  2. dculberson says:

    Rob, I forgot to say that your netbook concept is gorgeous and I’m expecting you to sell me your second prototype.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think these were used as the remote controllers for the sentry guns in the Special Edition cut of Aliens.

  4. Bryan Price says:

    I have a working 8086 GRiD laptop. I also have a ‘386 laptop, but I don’t think it’s in working condition. I used to work for them.

    So well built that they could be abused and keep ticking. One of my cow-orkers dropped one in a stairwell, in front a CEO, with minimal damage (the hinge broke, we always had spares to fix those, and I don’t even think the CEO was aware of that), and the CEO thought it was a deliberate show. It wasn’t. (Hi Sam!)

    I’m forwarding this in any case to Mike for his guffaw.

    It was very odd working in a company where the servers where laptops.

  5. bardfinn says:

    I have a GRiD carrying bag, for a Techie purse. It conveniently holds two Palm III’s and foldable keyboards, or nine iPhones.

    I used to have two – and bribed someone with one.

  6. Anonymous says:

    It looks like they used a vintage camera (pre focus) to take the pictures

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