Convergent Technologies Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.)

Although the Workslate wasn’t the first notebook computer of its type, it was ahead of its time. It was thinner than its contemporaries such as the Tandy/Radio Shack Model 100, ran on AA or NiCad batteries, and had the biggest LCD in its class. The Taskware software library functioned within a spreadsheet-like template–no games for this computer. Workslates are popular today and are easily found with a bit of patience.

Convergent Technologies WorkSlate (1983, notebook)
Original Retail Price: $895
Base Configuration: 6303 CPU, 16K RAM, 64K ROM, integral microcassette drive, monochrome LCD, integral keyboard/keypad, two serial ports, Scheduler software in ROM, internal modem, AC adapter
Video: 16-line x 46-column text
Size/Weight: 8.5 x 11 x 1 inches, 4 lbs.
Important Options: Taskware applications, MicroPrinter, NiCad battery pack

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