Osborne Mod. 1

Osborne Computer Corporation1983

Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum

Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum
Paderborn, Germany

When Adam Osborne founded his computer firm, he was already well-known on the burgeoning home-computer scene thanks to numerous books and articles he had published.
Although others before him had toyed with the idea of building a portable computer, his model, the Osborne 1, was the first on the market.
Compared with today’s laptops, the Osborne 1 was extremely heavy and unwieldy. Despite this drawback, it proved a big success and almost became a cult object.
Unfortunately, Osborne’s company went bankrupt in 1983.
Photo: Jan Braun, HNF


  • Title: Osborne Mod. 1
  • Creator: Osborne Computer Corporation
  • Date: 1983
  • Location: Hayward, CA, USA

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