Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd May 2007 23:26 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems It's the original UMPC: Epson's HX-20, announced in 1981 - 25 years before Intel and Microsoft formally launched the ultra-mobile PC category, in April 2006. Epson's machine wasn't the first portable computer - that honour goes to the Osborne 1. But while the Osborne was a beast of a machine, designed more as a desktop you could take from place to place, the HX-20 was a truly a system for computing on the move. So while the HX-20 combined not only a full QWERTY keyboard, a display, storage and even a printer into its 28.4 x 21.3 x 4.4cm casing, but also a rechargeable Ni-Cad battery.
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I had one !
by Kochise on Fri 4th May 2007 07:17 UTC
Kochise
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2006-03-03

The HX-20 was unbelievabely usable, even in the 90's ;) The perfect geek's gift ! Handling it out in the street or the reastaurant and making your own addition while the waitress was at lost was kind of fun, especialy when the matrix printer started to rumble and output the result in no time...

Kochise

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