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Encyclopedia > Portable computer

A Portable computer is a computer that is designed to be moved from one place to another (in other words, it is a computer that is portable). Portable computers, by their nature, are microcomputers.

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The Compaq Portable; the first portable IBM PC compatible.

The term portable computer is now almost exclusively used to refer to portable computers that are larger than a laptop, often use conventional parts and usually do not run on batteries. Smaller portable computers are referred to by their more specific terms:

Portable computers have been increasing in popularity over the past decade, as they do not restrict the user in terms of mobility as a desktop computer would. Wireless Internet, extended battery life and more comfortable ergonomics have been factors driving this increase in popularity.


The first portable computer was the Osborne 1, developed by Adam Osborne. The first IBM PC compatible portable computer (and indeed the first IBM PC compatible of any kind) was the Compaq Portable. The first full-color portable computer was the Commodore SX-64.


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Portable computer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (414 words)
A Portable computer is a computer that is designed to be moved from one place to another (in other words, it is a computer that is portable).
Early portables were unkindly referred to as "luggables," referring to their great size and weight (owing partly to the need to include a full-blown CRT monitor, as LCD technology was not yet mature).
Portable computers have been increasing in popularity over the past decade, as they do not restrict the user in terms of mobility as a desktop computer would.
Laptop - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (4200 words)
Although, some older portable computers, such as the Macintosh Portable and certain Zenith TurbosPort models, were sometimes described as "laptops", their size and weight were too great for this category.
The computer could be run from batteries, and was equipped with a 320×200-pixel plasma display and 384 kilobyte bubble memory.
The first Apple Computer machine designed to be used on the go was the 1989 Macintosh Portable (although an LCD screen had been an option for the transportable Apple IIc in 1984).
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