HX 20

Epson HX20

Announced initally in 1981, though not generally available until 1983, the HX20 is considered to be the first laptop/notebook/handheld computer.

Distinguised by its built in micro cassette drive and printer, the HX20 was at the time a marvel of computing, boasting a ‘proper’keyboard, and with multiple interfaces such as RS232, and the ability to add barcode scanners, acoustic couplers and early docking stations.

Sadly it suffered from a lack of software, and the small LCD display was somewhat impractical, however it did boast a battery life of 50 hours, which was, and remains even today, very impressive.

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