What's hilarious about these things is:
A) The computer is smaller than the tape recorder,
B) The briefcase costs nearly as much as the computer (Β£49.95, IIRC),
C) You've lugged a ZX81 somewhere, you still need a TV set, and it's not really usable for business, so why?

The Spectrum at least made some kind of sense, the +3 had an internal floppy drive, and you could probably put an external drive in place of the tape recorder.

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I am pondering a similar, much smaller case setup for the SpecNext. But we'll see how that goes. May just reorganize my desk for it.

@mdhughes my first introduction to computers happened when i was 9, and the teacher who did it had one of these... iirc with a 16K Spectrum inside it

@mdhughes my first computer was the +3. It used those shitty Amstrad floppy disks...

@mdhughes no, they're the 3.5" Amstrad design.which was thicker, had a different sliding cover mechanism, and only went up to 760kb. Lemme find you a pic...


Here you go. The Amstrad floppy disk. It had a grove up each side of the case, and one side had a spring loaded tab that swung open the disk cover within the casing, whichever way up you stuck it in the drive. It was technically a superior design for disk protection but the Sony design got adopted as standard. Only Amstrad computers had these disks.

@mdhughes hell ya, I want to build a suitcase computer now.

@ryen I saw an Atari 800XL in a briefcase with power supply & monitor recently, but that's really a job for a laptop; most places I want to take a cyberdeck or luggable have power and maybe a big monitor. Maybe keep the tiny portable LCD in there just in case there's no screens around.

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