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    Question Compact computers with built-in FDD, Atari STF look-a-likes

    I think the Atari 1040 ST was the first compact computer with a built in floppy drive. Others include the Tandy 1000 EX, Amiga 500, and BBC A3000. I'm sure I'm missing several others. I would like some help finding out other early computer models with this design.

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    Texas Instruments Pro-Lite portable computer with LCD screen and 3.5" floppy drive was introduced in November 1984, seven months before the Atari 1040ST.

    TexasInstruments_Pro-Lite_introduction.jpg

    here is a side view showing the floppy drive
    TexasInstruments_Pro-Lite_info.jpg

    I was the architect of this computer and have a prototype.

    Monty

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    Apple IIc?

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    Amstrad CPC6128, Sinclair Spectrum+3, Tatung Einstein?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikola-wan View Post
    Texas Instruments Pro-Lite portable computer with LCD screen and 3.5" floppy drive was introduced in November 1984, seven months before the Atari 1040ST.

    TexasInstruments_Pro-Lite_introduction.jpg

    here is a side view showing the floppy drive
    TexasInstruments_Pro-Lite_info.jpg

    I was the architect of this computer and have a prototype.

    Monty
    I don't think you should lump in portables/laptops with desktop computers without a built in screen. There were computers with built in tape drives before floppy drives became possible.
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    Many. It was a common style in the mid-1980s through early 1990s.

    The Apple IIc was among the first to do it (1984). It was followed by several Apple II clones which had a very similar design, including the Laser 128 and Franklin Ace 500, and finally the Apple IIc Plus.

    Assuming we're only talking about desktop (not portable) keyboard-computers with a built-in, side-mounted floppy drive (either 3.5" or 5.25"), among others already mentioned, there are the:

    Acorn A3010
    Acorn A3020
    Amiga 500 Plus
    Amiga 600
    Amiga 1200
    Amstrad 464 Plus
    Amstrad 6128 Plus
    Amstrad PC20
    Atari 520STfm
    Atari 520STE
    Atari 1040STE
    Atari Falcon 030
    Laser 128EX
    Laser 128EX2
    Laser Compact XT
    Sam Coupé
    Sinclair PC200
    Vendex HeadStart Explorer

    Many others had built-in, front-mounted floppy drive(s) -- really too many to list.
    Last edited by vwestlife; February 1st, 2019 at 04:40 PM.

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    Thanks for the help!

    Originally I didn't consider portables but thanks anyway.

    Two of the earliest of the above mentioned models are the Apple IIc and Amstrad CPC664.

    Quote Originally Posted by vwestlife View Post
    Many others had built-in, front-mounted floppy drive(s) -- really too many to list.
    Do you know of any that predates the CPC664 of 1985?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoax View Post
    Do you know of any that predates the CPC664 of 1985?
    The Sony SMC-70 had built-in 3.5" floppy drives (which Sony invented) in 1982:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_SMC-70


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