High timesThe Osborne 1 and the TRS80 Model 4P are very similar, but the TRS80 is clearly superior. The Model 4P is constructed out of more sturdy material and has more of a finished feel.
The Osborne, while innovative for its time, feels more like a conceptual prototype. And in retrospect, it did turn out to be a blueprint for the luggable personal computers that followed.
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