CRN 30th Anniversary: 10 Computer Ads From The Early 1980s

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Portable Power

Compaq was born in 1982, and shortly after its launch, the computer maker introduced its first marquee product: the Compaq Portable.

The "luggable" computer weighed almost 30 pounds and was bigger than most of today's carry-on luggage -- just look at the poor guy in the ad. But, it was Compaq's first IBM-compatible PC, and it featured a detachable keyboard, 9-inch green screen monitor and dual floppy disk drives. At $3,590, the Compaq Portable was much more expensive than an Osborne-1 but less pricey than an Apple III or IBM PC.


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