HP-85, One of HP's earliest desktops

hp85 You wouldn’t necessarily call the HP-85 a portable computer, but the 20-pound case was definitely a huge step towards the laptops that HP sells today – and a sign of the easy upgradability you expect in desktop PCs today.These machines had modest performance, but considering it was 1980, people were more than willing to buy one for about $3,200. Here are a couple snippets from some of the original marketing materials: “Leave it to Hewlett-Packard to put a lot of power in a little package. Plus flexibility, portability, and all the other features you’d expect to find in a personal, professional, integrated computer system.”

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