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