Bondwell Model 8

In the early 80s, Bondwell Computers was known for producing luggable computers. With model 8 they released the first laptop style computer in 1985.

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Historic Overview

In the early 80s so called luggable computers formed the landscape. In order to carry the mobile office with you, you would typically carry around a huge bulky device weighting in at ten to twenty kilogramms.
During the mid 80s, portable devices appeared to become smaller and lighter in weight. The Bondwell Model 8 was one of these early device resembling more closely to a modern day laptop.

Bondwell Model 8

At some 5.5 kilogramms this device provided an intel 80C88 CPU at 4.77 MHz and a whopping 512 KiB of RAM. A single 720 KiB 3.5″ floppy drive served as mass storage. There was an extra port to connect a second floppy drive externally. They 80×25 colums character display was supported by an optional LCD backlight, providing good reading conditions in most situations.

The fulsize keyboard resembles closely to the old-style IBM keyboards of the time, providing a very similar haptic typing experience.

Specs

The PHINTAGE Collection currently holds a Bondwell Model 8.

VendorBondwell Computers
ModelBondwell Model 8
Released1985
Original Streetprice1595 US$ in 1986
Weight5.5 kg
Dimensions28.4 cm x 7.8 cm x 31.0 cm
Builtin Displayyes, LCD, 80×25 columns character mode
Builtin Batteryno
CPUNEV V20 @ 4.77 MHz
RAM512 KiB
Storage
  • 3.5″ 720 KiB floppy drive
Network Supportno
USBno
Video Outputyes, VGA
Other1 RS232, 1 Parallel Port, 1 External Drive Connector
Operating SystemMS-DOS 3.2
Overall Conditionlike now
Restoration Parts needednone

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