|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.
|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.
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.
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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