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Dinosaur Sightings: Computers from 1984-1989

IBM Convertible PC

IBM‘s first laptop computer is a big improvement over their earlier portable computer, the giant IBM Portable PC from 2 years earlier in 1984.

Is the IBM 5140 "Convertible" really a convertible? Yes - even the top (display) comes off.

Why would you want to remove the LCD display? With the CRT Display Adapter attached, you can use an external monitor instead.

Reprinted with permission from Oldcomputers.net

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