Epson HX-20

The Epson HX-20 (also known as the HC-20) is generally regarded as the first laptop computer, announced in November 1981, although first sold widely in 1983. Hailed by BusinessWeek magazine as the "fourth revolution in personal computing", it is generally considered both the first notebook and handheld computer and it is for this reason that it is highly prized among collectors.
Epson HX-20
Introduced: November 1981
Released 1982
Price: US$795
Weight: 3.5 lb / 1.6kg
CPU: Two Hitachi 6301 @ 0.614MHz
RAM: 16K, 32K max
Display: 20 X 4 text LCD
Storage optional built-in tape drive
  external cassette tape drive
Ports: RS-232, serial
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Manufacturer: Epson
Date: November 1981

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH501. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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