Dinosaur sightings: The Osborne 1 and the TRS-80 huggable luggables

TRS-80 Model 4P

While we have made a Dinosaur Sighting for the Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer 2 and subsequently published a Cracking Open gallery, this is our first look at the TRS80 Model 4P -- the P stands for portable of course.

In many ways, the Model 4P is a revision and update of the Osborne 1. When this luggable computer hit the market in 1983, the Osborne computer company was trying to cope with stiff competition that ultimately resulted in bankruptcy. Radio Shack, Compaq, and a few other companies were making bids to corner the fledgling portable PC market and the Osborne had trouble keeping up.


Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.

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