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Laptop computerGRiD Compass 1101:-
Price: $8150
CPU: Intel 8086 @ 8MHz
RAM: 256K DRAM
Released: 1982
Port: GPIB parallel port
Weight: 10 lbs, 12 oz
Display: 6-inch electroluminescent
80 x 24 text
320 x 240 graphics
Storage: Internal 384K bubble RAM,
external floppy drive
OS: GRiD OS

The GRiD compass is very high-tech, with its flat-black, die-cast magnesium-alloy case, and bright, sharp electroluminescent display (ELD). No other system packed so much speed and power in as small a case, and none had such a unique and large, easy-to-read screen, allowing full 80 x 24 text.

Of course, all of these great features raised the price significantly. At $8150, the GRiD Compass 1101 was the most expensive personal computer you could buy. It was originally developed for business executives, GRiDs were also used by the U.S. Military in the field and by NASA on the Space Shuttles during the 1980's and 90's. It's even said that the US president's "nuclear football" at one time included a GRiD computer. GRiD was also used in on-board Space Shuttle "Disocer" missing STS-51G-June 1985.

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