Computers are a must-have in every home, whether you maintain an old-school desktop monitor and PC or have upgraded to a laptop, depending on your preferences and work scenarios. While PCs offer more storage at cheaper prices, laptops counter with portability, easy assembly, and less power usage. Today, most laptops are built with virtually the same or extremely similar processors as those found in PCs, or advanced processors can be purchased for them which makes them equally efficient for use of a variety of programs.
Over the years, these computing systems have been designed, developed, and redesigned to give us a wide range of tech assistance catered and customized to a variety of uses from accounting to gaming. The creation of these tech masterpieces has been the result of a lengthy process of experimentation, a constant cycle of trial and error, intercut with advertising agendas, and artistic aesthetics. Here are 7 interesting-looking computers you probably didn’t know were once available on the open market.
1. Maxdata Belinea s.book 1 Mini-Note (2008)
In 2008, this genius creation was launched by Via Technologies and Maxdata, leading producers in processor chips and computers respectively, for every laptop-user that wanted the ultimate system of mobility. What made the Maxdata Belinea s.book1 Mini-Note especially unique, besides its small yet bulky appearance, was the presence of a detachable hand-held Skype module, that would enable working professionals to connect via call easily and on-the-go.
This system gained popularity when it was initially released in Germany. However, its exceptionally long name coupled with the fact that its performance was, by and large, the same as that of most other nanobooks released at that time didn’t allow demand for it to stay high. The Skype handset, while unique, proved to be as inconvenient to some as it was convenient to others. Shortly thereafter, the Belinea s.book 1 was removed from the market and never seen again.
2. Samsung SPH-9000 (2006)
This device from renowned tech brand Samsung left users everywhere both stunned and baffled. It came with Wi-Max support, a 5 inch LED screen, and a built-in camera. It was promoted by some as a mobile phone, despite being a Windows XP system with a CPU and a small keyboard. Though it was significantly larger than a phone, it was still much smaller than the average laptop.
It was also designed to be folded in numerous different ways to serve various purposes, as well as to make it incredibly compact if necessary. While it was popular in the computing and gaming world for a short while, as with all devices, it was eventually replaced by a more efficient successor.
3. Intel’s Honeycomb Glacier (2019)
Here’s a device that came out recently, in 2019, and can still be found on the market. Brought to us by a major player in the world of innovation, the Honeycomb Glacier is Intel’s latest idea for the ultimate gaming laptop and PC. In addition to the 15.6-inch main screen, this laptop also features a smaller secondary screen 12.3 inches wide. Underneath both screens is a sleek keyboard, with the touchpad on the far right.
A built-in stand, in the form of a one-way mechanical roller clutch, allows the screens to be elevated and adjusted to your preferred height and angle for optimum visibility. The roller ensures that the screens stay there automatically. A button on the side can be pressed to disengage the stand. And 8-Core Intel processor along with an exceptional graphics chip makes this laptop perfect for gaming, but this design failed to revolutionize technology in any number of industries.
4. Barbie PC (2000)
Mattel Inc. is the American-based multinational toy manufacturing company responsible for the sale of numerous famous toy brands from Fisher-Price to, you guessed it, Barbie! At the dawn of the new century, nearly 50 years after its initial launch, Mattel came up with a genius idea. Sales of the dolls, accessories, lunch boxes, shoes, tents, and other merch were reaching their peak. Add to that the emergence of computers, there was only one route forward: the Barbie PC.
While Mattel took cared of the aesthetic, Windows went to work on the hardware and software. The system was released in 2000, complete with pink and purple mouse-pad and CD holder, and ran on a Windows 98 processor. Though the system gained immense popularity, it didn’t stay on the market for long as it was prone to crashes and occasional system failures.