Hardware

Cracking Open the Tandy Model 100

Back in the early 1980s if you wanted to compute on the go, your options were sorely limited. As you saw in the Osbourne I and TRS-80 Model 4P photo galleries, you practically had to be a body builder to take your computer with you. Weighing in at over 20 lbs each, they were called luggables for a reason. Plus, to add insult to injury, unless you were near an electrical outlet, you couldn't use them for much other than a footrest.

Debuting in March 1983, the Tandy Model 100 changed all of that. It was the first popular computer that was truly portable. The Tandy 100 weighed in at just 3 lbs with the batteries (4 AAs) installed. It had the same basic dimensions as a piece of paper and was less than 3" thick.

When we cracked open the MacBook Air, it showed what 21st Century technology looks like. It's a very clean design with a mass of computer placed IC's spaced around a small system board.

Now, we take a turn cracking open the Tandy Model 100.