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Outbound Laptop (Mac Clone)

Outbound Laptop (Mac Clone)

Speed15 MHz
Memory1024 KB
Hard Drive20  MB

What's this?

Release Date: 8/1/1989
Manufacturer: Outbound Systems
Original Retail Price:
Adjusted Inflation Price:
$3,995.00
$7,692.89*
 
Perhaps the best known early portable Maclone came from Outbound in August 1989, just weeks before Apple announced the Portable. The Portable Plus used the same 68000 CPU as the Plus and SE, but runs it at 15 MHz. The Outbound required ROMs "borrowed" from a Mac Plus or SE which you could obtain by physically pulling them out, or just connect your Outbound to the Mac.

The Outbound Laptop features a detachable keyboard that used an infrared connection to communicate with the laptop. It also used the Isopoint trackbar, one of the best cursor control devices ever invented. The Isobar pointing device consist of a metal tube located just below the keyboard. It can roll forwards and back, or slide left and right. With one's hands in the usual position on the keyboard, one need only move one's thumb slightly to use it.

The Outbound comes in a great case and the model number is 125.


User Comments
Mike van Lammeren on Wednesday, May 06, 2015
I have one of these. It still has the original battery and carrying case. Unfortunately the last time it successfully booted was about 5 years ago.
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* Inflation data courtesy of www.inflationdata.com. Values are approximate using our own calculations.