This Smugger likes the $750 Z88 laptop
Author: Larry Goldberg
Date: November, 1989
Keywords: Cambridge Z88 laptop notebook
Text: You've probably already heard -- Apple finally has its laptop out. But unless you have $5,000-plus burning a hole in your pocket, forget it! At $5,799 for the base price and $7,844 for a fully loaded version, who needs a Mac laptop? On the other hand, the relatively new Cambridge Z88 is a real bargain at $750 and what a laptop -- less than 2 pounds, no disk drives to worry about and it works on 4 AA batteries! I thought it was too good to be true so when I ordered one I made sure I had a 45-day money-back trial to find out if this computer was what the ads said it was. If the fact that I still have it four months later is any indication of my satisfaction, then I like it just fine. The Cambridge Z88 is the newest of a true laptop/portable notebook type computer. Designed by the same man who invented the Sinclair computer in the late '70s, the computer is assembled in England (quite a change from what we expect when we see high tech devices) and is a dream to work with. The Z88 is a different type of computer -- instead of using typical disk drives for storage, the Z88 uses memory modules which come as either RAM or EPROM cartridges. The memory can be configured up to 1.5 MB in increments of 128K or 512K units. The computer is really a communications device for the Macintosh. When I travel, I take notes on my Z88 and simply download them through the transfer cable (supplied) directly to my Mac at the office.
Copyright © november, 1989 by Larry Goldberg