Think the 2016 MacBook Pro is overpriced and underpowered? Check out this comparison video of Apple’s latest laptop with the company’s first portable computer, 1989’s Macintosh Portable. While far from an in-depth technical analysis, the video offers some nice HD shots of how design at Apple has changed over the past 27 years. Bonus points for the Jean-Louis Gassée archival footage.

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  1. Hagen

    davidneale: You could pull the trackpad and keyboard out and arrange them as you pleased, or swap out the trackball assembly for a numeric keypad (plus an external mouse).

    As for cost, compare with Apple’s other models at the time: SE ($3900), SE/30 ($4800), IIx ($7800).

    And the reference point people had was mainly to compare it to the Compaq Portable: a CRT-loaded, 23-pound beast. Compaq introduced their LTE model (at a stunning 6.7 pounds) about the same time as the Mac Portable, resetting everyone’s expectations about what a portable computer meant.

  2. Russ Hilton

    What most people do not understand is that in the 80’s it was not unusual for a motherboard to cost $5000, which would be the reason that the Macintosh Protable cost over $7000.

  3. davidneale

    The trackball and clicker unit are to the left of the keyboard in the machine shown in the video. Was this an option? I’ve only seen that unit to the right of the keyboard.

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