5" CRT, 24 lines of 52 characters on
screen, with 32 lines of 128 characters in RAM.
External monitor connection.
Twin 5.25" single density floppy drives
(92k formatted capacity)
IEEE-488 interface (which could be configured
C/PM, Wordstar, Supercalc, CBASIC and MBASIC
Optional 300BAUD MODEM
Weighs 30lbs (13.6 kg)
Designed by Lee Felsenstien and Adam Osborne, to be an integrated and
portable computer. The machine came with several useful business
software packages. Although they could not make enough units to keep
up with demand, Osborne went bankrupt on 13th September 1983 due to the
press breaking a nondisclosure agreement and leaking information about
future developments - the Executive and the Vixen. The Executive
was an enhanced model with an 80 column display, double density floppy drives
and an optional hard drive. The Vixen was a smaller Osborne 1.
People stopped buying the Osborne 1 because the enhanced machine was due to
come out, but the Executive was late to market.