Anyone remember the Mac Portable?

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by DCMDan, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. DCMDan macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2010
    I owned one for a brief time. The Mac Portable looked like a suitcase and had a 3 lb battery. Supposedly it was the Mac taken by NASA on the shuttle missions. I sold it to a mate and bought a power PC with a whopping 4 meg Ram and 40 meg HD all for the low price of $3500 with my education discount.
  2. localoid macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2007
    America's Third World
  3. Archon Gold macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2009
    Canada, Ontario
    I agree that it should be on the list, didn't they originally ship without backlights? WTF?

    but still, the Puck mouse is worse.
  4. CaptMurdock Suspended


    Jan 2, 2009
    The Evildrome Boozerama
    Sure did. I remember the guy I worked for at the time ('90-'91) had one. You had to have the lighting right near his desk or it was unusable. POS. :rolleyes:
  5. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    It was pretty cool when it came out.

    A full featured Mac in a portable case.

    I liked how you could move the trackball to the left or right side. Very convenient.

    Almost bought one.
  6. mtbdudex macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2007
    SE Michigan
    Snippet from another thread here, yes I bought one new:

    Look at that thread, I have posted some Apple original MacPortable marketing material also.

  7. DCMDan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2010
  8. viggen61 macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2002
    New Jersey
    It was taken on a Shuttle mission a long, long, time ago. I recall a famous video taken of them ejecting a floppy. The drive ejected the disc, and it floated gently away from the Mac Portable.

    Gotta find that vid someplace...

    Found it!

    Mac Disk Eject in Space on YouTube

    (If the link doesn't work just search for "Mac Disk Eject in Space" on YouTube.)


    Exactly. When PC "portables" were mere shadows of their desktop brethren, the Mac Portable had a real Mac in there. Same processor, same screen resolution, and a lead-acid battery that probably still keeps a charge 20 years later.

    And those old monochrome LCDs didn't need backlights. Not only that, take it outdoors, and the screen looks even better. Doesn't wash out.

    A neat old Mac.

  9. 4JNA macrumors 68000


    Feb 8, 2006
    looking for trash files
    flying floppies.

    that was the single most bad-ass thing i've seen on the internet in a long time. thanks!
  10. Buzz Bumble Guest

    Oct 19, 2008
    New Zealand
    Someone who used to occasionally come into where I worked at the time (an all Mac office) had one of those portable Macs.

    There were worse "portables". The early models from other companies had tiny little CRT screens and 5.25" floppy disk drives. :)
  11. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    I was on the IT Support staff for a company that used them - back in the day when a lot of companies were Mac instead of Windows 3.1... :eek:

    We had a whole bunch of them, some original and some back-lit. We got rid of them for nothing when the PowerBooks came out. Wish I had snagged one... :(

    Some guy sold one mint complete-in-box for reasonable on eBay several years back right before Apple Collecting became really popular. Should've bid on it...

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