The Compaq "luggable" computer weighed 28 pounds and was the size of a sewing machine:
The first time I ever had to get treated for a rotator cuff injury was after traveling with one of these.
It was state-of-the-art. Nice, bright monochrome screen, two 5.25" floppy drives, and 128K of RAM standard, whether you needed that much or not.
You put the MS-DOS floppy in one drive, then you put the application floppy in the other, say, Wordperfect for DOS or Lotus 1-2-3. That's right, there was no hard drive. Everything was saved to floppy. Which could easily melt if you left them out on your carseat on a warm day.
I wrote a Lotus macro for one assignment and the chief IT person at the company - who I think was also the benefits person - called me a "power user."
It cost $3,590, I just learned, which is $7,618 in today's dollars. Wow.
Here's the review of it from the January, 1983 issue of Byte Magazine.
(Via Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing.)