PCGH Retro: Atari Portfolio - the "Eee-PC" of 1989
PC Games Hardware ventures back in time to take a look at the young but eventful history of the computer. Today: What happend on April 11th ?
...1989: Laptops in those days are mainly big and unhandy. Only a person with an optimistic way to approach problems could call them portable. Quite contrary to the device revealed at Comdex: The Portfolio. Sized like a VHS cassette and 500 grams light, it looks like the more recent PDAs than a comlete computer. But there is a full-fledged 16 bit system inside, accompanied by a complete keyboard and running MS-DOS 2.11, providing compatibility to IBM PCs. Such a device wasn't expected to be developed by a company that normally concentrated on video consoles: Atari. The Portfolio had a monochrome LCD, an Intel 80C88 CPU running at 4,92 MHz and 128 KiByte RAM. The data storage had been small, providing 256 KiByte.
In return the device was priced at only 400 US-Dollar and due to economical hardware needed a single set of batteries for weeks of service. In this respect it is superior to its modern descendants and even to the Mini-PC that nearly 20 years later revolutionized the idea of the cheap Notebook: The Asus Eee-PC.