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Vintage Apple Computer PROTOTYPE eMate 300 Laptop, CLEAR CASE Newton/Macintosh
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eMate 300

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ONE (1) Vintage PROTOTYPE Apple Computer eMate 300 PDA Laptop.  From my personal collection.  Approx. circa 1996-1997.  The eMate 300 laptops were originally planned to be made in Green, Clear, Red, Purple, & Orange colors.  Only the dark green eMates made it into production.  This pre-production prototype has a clear case.  There are a few small dark green panels (ie. next to the keyboard, and the port surrounds on the sides) which demonstrate what the standard color eMate.  It has prototype designation on the bottom (& yes the FCC did eventually approve the eMate).  I've spoken with someone who worked on the project, who estimated that approx. six (or less) of these clear case prototypes were ever made.  After they were no longer needed, they were awarded to those involved with the eMate project.  Comes with the eMate Stylus & a standard Apple Newton AC power supply.  The computer is in good condition with only light signs of use.  It has been tested & is in good working order.  It is being sold "as-is" (no guarantees/warranty of any kind & no returns).  Keep in mind that since it is a prototype there may be hardware or software bugs, though I haven't noted any issues during testing.  There is a small tag on the bottom which indicates a wiring modification.  The battery included still holds a charge, but keep in mind it is fairly old & won't last forever.  It is possible to rebuild the battery or convert to AA battery usage (instructions can be found on google).  This would make a nice additional to your vintage Apple Computer Collection.  Please see photos for more details.  Important Note: immediate payment via Paypal is required to purchase this item to prevent time wasters with no intent of completing the purchase.  If you require more time to pay (ie. a couple days), contact me before purchasing (easily arranged with a revision to the listing).

History of the Apple eMate (from Wikipedia- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMate_300): The eMate 300 was a personal digital assistant designed, manufactured and sold by Apple to the education market as a low-cost laptop running the Newton operating system. The eMate was introduced March 7, 1997 for US$800 and was discontinued along with the Apple Newton product line and its operating system on February 27, 1998.  The eMate 300 featured a 480x320 resolution 16-shade grayscale display with a backlight, a stylus pen, a full-sized keyboard, an infrared port, and standard Macintosh serial/LocalTalk ports. Power came from built-in rechargeable batteries, which lasted up to 28 hours on full charge. In order to achieve its low price, the eMate 300 did not have all the features of the contemporary Newton equivalent, the MessagePad 2000. The eMate used a 25 MHz ARM 710a RISC processor and had less memory than the MessagePad 2000 which used a StrongARM 110 RISC processor and was more expandable.  Unlike the MessagePad line, the eMate 300 features an internal memory expansion slot. It is located in the hatch under the battery door, next to the ROM card. Both cards fit into both slots, but the ROM card is larger. The expansion card is on the left. Companies like Newertech produced cards for the eMate. Most cards expanded the data bus from 16 bits to 32 bits, as well as providing additional DRAM (program memory), and flash (storage). When one of these cards is installed, the internal DRAM is disabled, but the internal flash RAM is combined with the flash on the card. For example: If a memory card were to have 4mb of DRAM and 2mb of flash, the newton would report having 4mb of flash, and 4mb of DRAM, not 5mb of DRAM.  In addition to the expansion slot, the eMate also features a single non-CardBus PCMCIA slot. It can be used for a number of different cards, including modems, ethernet cards, wireless cards, bluetooth cards, and flash memory (linear and ATA/Compact Flash).  The eMate 300 featured a green-colored translucent durable case designed for intense use in classrooms. The eMate 300 featured a dark green-colored keyboard similar to that of PowerBooks of the same era. Purple, clear, red, and orange colored eMate prototypes were produced for show only and were never put into mass production.  The eMate's unusual design eventually influenced the first iBook series, which also featured durable plastic casing with a handle.

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