Watch the Evolution of the Laptop in This GIF

February 3, 2015

6:30 pm

As a child of the 90s (born in the late 80s and raised in the 90s, that is), my entrée to the world of laptops  happened around the mid-90s when I stumbled upon a Apple Powerbook at a yard sale with my parents. I didn’t know what it was, really, just some kind of advanced toy for curious children; I mean, after all, that’s really what all children associate computers with: fun and games. Naturally, as a science nerd, I wanted it (we didn’t get it since the dude was selling it at a high price), but nonetheless a notable point in my history. It wasn’t until several years later that I encountered another laptop, with my dad bringing one home from work one day, and even several years more until I got my hands on my very own Dell (everyone’s first laptop was a Dell, right?). From its humble roots, the laptop has market has grown tremendously throughout the years, with literally hundreds of laptops available today for purchase. But have we ever taken the time to marvel at the evolution of the laptop – this piece of technology that has revolutionized the way we function on a day-to-day basis?

Experts Exchange, the global network for technology professionals, recently created a GIF that looks at the evolution of the laptop. Starting from the Osborne 1 (made in 1981), then moving its way through the TRS-80 model 200 (1984) and ThinkPad 700C (1992), and finally ending with the MacBook Air (2008). While it’s certainly nothing close to comprehensive, the short GIF provides a great overview on how computing technology has evolved within a relatively short time span. What’s surprising, though, is that the GIF doesn’t begin with the IBM 5100, which is generally considered the first portable computer and was introduced in 1975. Regardless, the GIF is still pretty cool to look at.

Check out the evolution of the laptop:

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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