Remembering the Failures in Portable Computing

ABCNEWS.com: Commentary
By John C. Dvorak
PC Magazine

Bottom 10 List: Worst of the Laptops

“1. The Gavilan (1983)
Actually this was an amazing attempt at leapfrogging everyone. Unfortunately, the developers leapfrogged over a cliff. This (despite what Apple mavens believe) was actually the machine that first employed the mousepad, then called a touchpad. The company soaked up a then-whopping $30 million in venture capital and essentially failed right out of the gate.
Nobody wanted the machine, and the rationale for the touchpad was always questionable.
…Seen by many as the first true laptop, the machine is highly collectible. It’s a machine that could also easily appear on the 10-best list.”

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