Commodore LCD Laptop Microcomputer


By the mid-1980s, microcomputer manufacturers envisioned small, portable versions of their machines. This prototype for a “lap computer” was developed by Commodore, a leading manufacturer of early microcomputers. The compact instrument was to have a built-in version of the programming language BASIC, 32K of random access memory, and an 80-column by 16-line liquid crystal display (this example has no display). A mark on it reads: PROTOTYPE (/) 6/85 (/) Rev. 7 (/) #5/6 KUNZ. A black cloth carrying case comes with the machine, as does an adaptor (the adaptor is 1992.0439.01.2)

This prototype was owned by Dr. Daniel W. Kunz, Executive Director for Government Marketing at Commodore. The Commodore LCD was never released, although laptop computers became common.


Scott Mace, “Commodore Shows New 128,” Infoworld, January 28, 1985, p. 19.

Accession file.

Date Made: 1985

Maker: Commodore Business Machines, Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of Daniel Kunz

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1992.0439.01.1Catalog Number: 1992.0439.01.1Accession Number: 1992.0439

Object Name: Microcomputer

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)metal (wireing material)paper (business card material)cloth (carrying case material)Measurements: closed: .54 cm x 29.2 cm x 28 cm; 7/32 in x 11 1/2 in x 11 1/32 in


Record Id: nmah_1275830

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