Amstrad ALT 386SX

The Amstrad ALT-386SX from 1988 is a laptop computer based on the Intel 80386SX, based on a 16Mhz 386 SX CPU, so no maths coprocessor was present. It had a sibling, the ALT 286, which unsurpringly had a 286 processor, and the two PCs where visually mostly identical.

One stand out feature was the offset screen hinge, which as you can see from the picture, tends to lead over time to “screen lean”, though functionally there is no affect.

This machine is ‘portable’, though quite heavy, with the battery being a large chunk of the overall weight.

The machine is very robust, with a nice keyboard, but is mostly a boring PC clone!

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