Before there were laptop computers as we know them today, there were theoretically portable systems like the Osborne 1 which included keyboards, tiny screens, disk drives and a case designed to be folded up so you could take the PC with you. You needed to plug in a battery for truly mobile computing though.
We’ve come a long way since the Osborne 1 was released in 1981. But the Reviiser CyberDeck is a modern take on this kind of classic “luggable” computer.
The Reviiser CyberDeck is a work-in-progress portable PC designed by Dave Estes, and it features:
- Raspberry Pi 4 with custom software
- 3D printed case
- Mechanical keyboard
- 7 inch touchscreen display
- Touchpad (on the side)
- Mechanical on and off switches
- 30,000 mAh battery
While the system is awfully clunky by modern PC standards, it has a sort of retro-cool factor, and it’s theoretically portable thanks to a folding design.
Estes plans to share a parts list and 3D design files in the future for folks looking to design their own.
Its a fun build with that retro Compaq Portable design, but it is about as practical as a buggy whip to start a 2019 SUV. Thank god we are past luggable computers.
I think it has a cool retro design. It reminds me of an older computer from years ago.
Vaguely Reminiscent of the Commodore SX and DX-64!
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