Hewlett Packard OmniBook 300
The OmniBook 300 was made by the calculator division
of HP. The OmniBook was indestructible, had a good keyboard and was, for
the time, very small, light and portable. It also had two cool
innovations. First, system files, operating system and office suite were
installed not on the hard drive, but on a theoretically replaceable ROM
card. The OmniBook had and needed only 2 MB of RAM because everything
installed in ROM, executed in ROM, and didn't use memory. The second
innovation was a pop-out mouse. You pressed a button, and out it popped.
Control of the mouse pointer came not from registering movement under
the mouse, as most mice do, but by the movement of the "popsicle stick"
piece of plastic that connected mouse to laptop.
The OmniBook had a nine-inch, black-and-white VGA screen, was 6.4 x 11.1 x 1.4 inches.
At the time of its introduction in 1993, the HP
Omnibook 300 was the smallest and lightest PC on the market to feature a
full-size keyboard and full VGA (video graphics array) screen. It
weighed only 2.9 pounds and was based on the Intel 386 processor. It
included Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and a pop-up mouse.
PC World in its list the 25 Greatest PCs of All Time included the OmniBook 300 at number 18 with the following quote
innovative OmniBook 300 wasn't just one of the first subnotebooks--it
was one of the most innovative hardware designs ever, albeit one that
didn't prove particularly influential. Weighing 2.9 pounds, the system
stored Windows 3.1, Excel 4.0, Word 2.0, and MS-DOS 5.0 in ROM memory
rather than on a hard drive; this allowed it to boot up instantly. User
storage was solid-state too, on a 40MB PCMCIA Type III hard disk or a
10MB PCMCIA Type II flash-disk drive.
Productivity was a central theme for the OmniBook, which started at
$1950. The unit came with LapLink Remote Access and HP's organizational
tools (contacts, appointments, and a financial calculator, same as in
the HP 100LX), and provided one-button access to all applications. It
also had a unique integrated mouse that popped out of the laptop's right
side on a thin piece of plastic; the design eliminated the need for an
annoying mouse cable, but the mouse was small and awkward to move
The Omnibook 300
could also run on 4 AA batteries. It came standard with 2 MB RAM, a
9-pin serial port and a parallel printer port. The Omnibook 300 had two
PCMCIA slots in which to connect additional memory, modem, network card
or other peripheral. The Omnibook came in three mass storage
configurations: no mass storage (F1030A at $1515), 10MB flash disc
(F1031A at $2375), or 40 MB hard disc (F1032A at $1950).
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
What you get:
Computer turns on properly. Mouse moves the pointer, retracts and stows properly. Also you can navigate Windows 3.1 by using the keyboard.
Ships within 1 business day of cleared payment. I will wrap it with bubbles and pack well to protect it from damages during the
post. I hope it will arrive in good hands (Computer vintage, Museum etc...) and I hope it will be available for next generations.
THIS IS VINTAGE ITEM!!! IT IS TESTED AND WORKING ON THE MOMENT OF SALE.
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