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Need a "laptop" with an Internet connection? No problem!
Need a laptop? No problem, we've got your "laptop" right here complete with build-in phone coupler modem and thermal paper interface. Better still, it's only a grand! What a deal! Back in the day, I actually used a relative of this, the TI Silent 700, for IBM mainframe management. And, I liked it! No, really I did.
You want speeds faster than 300 BPS? Hayes had you covered
What? You want something faster than 300 bits per second (BPS)? No worries! Just add a Hayes 1200 baud SmartModem to your set-up and you could reach the dizzying heights of 1,200 BPS speeds for just over $600!
Didn't need the Internet? Then there was always this calcula... ah, computer
Of course if you didn't need "network" connectivity on your "laptop" you could always use computers like the TRS-80 Pocket Computer. Why, yes, it does look like a calculator doesn't it?