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Desc:I'm sure there's some reason this isn't standard now.
Category:Science & Technology, Advertisements
Tags:Transformers, keyboard, laptop, thinkpad
Submitted:Crab Mentality
Date:11/29/13
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Comment count is 8
The Mothership - 2013-11-29
well in the early 90s I sure thought things like this were cool. I'm guessing they all broke because the mechanism was too complex?
Binro the Heretic - 2013-11-29
These things work excellently when they're prototypes lovingly hand-built by tech-heads in a comfortable well equipped workshop.

When they're being slapped together by fifteen-year-olds working for pennies an hour in sweatshop conditions, flaws tend to creep into the process.
Xenocide - 2013-11-29
Hidden beneath every laptop keyboard is an ecosystem of random corn chip fragments, unknowable lint, and suspiciously curly hairs.

No one wants to unleash that crap upon the world. We want our keyboards in one piece, so as to better hide how disgusting they/we are.

Old_Zircon - 2013-11-29
Those transparent mac keyboard are the stuff of nightmares.

Syd Midnight - 2013-11-30
The difference is that this cost ,350 in 1992 dollars. How much are you willing to pay for a notebook? I bet 6 grand would get you a pretty nice one.

glasseye - 2013-11-29
A friend of mine had one of these, it was seriously cool.

The main reason they don't exist anymore is that laptops grew larger. This laptop was < 10" wide, and at the time people were more adamant about having large keyboards.
Old_Zircon - 2013-11-30
That first generation of HP convertible laptop/tablets from around 2002/3, before they screwed up the hinge design and then phased them out, is my favorite. I forget the model. They were comparable to an iPad 1, spec wise, except they were actually, you know, useful.

Old_Zircon - 2013-11-30
TC1100.

So last generation of the design, but first generation to be sold as HP instead of Compaq and to actually work well.

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