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best known early portable Maclone came from Outbound in August 1989, just weeks before Apple announced the Portable.the Outbound Laptop was significantly lighter and easier to carry than Apple's own mac portable.The Portable Plus used the same 68000 CPU as the Plus and SE, but runs it at 15 MHz. It had a unique built-in pointing device.  The Outbound required ROMs "borrowed" from a Mac Plus or SE.To use your desktop computer, you could attach the Outbound to your Mac, giving it access to the pulled ROMs. To attach a SCSI device, you had to buy a $95 adapter.It also came with the option to have an internal floppy drive but most shipped without one,since there was external floppy drives that outbound made to be used with it. still, at $3,995 with a 20 MB hard drive and a 10 pound weight, it was an attractive alternative even after Apple's Portable shipped.

In late 1991, Outbound released a modular notebook computer. This model used faster CPUs (from 20 MHz 68000 to 33 MHz 68030), could handle 2-14 MB of RAM, had a backlit display, supported 20-120 MB IDS drives, worked with high density floppies, and ran off a standard camcorder battery.

My outbound was bought off a guy who lived in arizona sometime in 2005. he was'nt the orginal owner but had taken good care of the outbound as you can tell from the pictures below.these are becoming very rare now and are rarely seen for sale on ebay.i have only seen maybe 2 or on ebay in the last 3 or 4 years.i got mine from the actual outbound user website classifieds section.I had always wanted an outbound of some sort so i forked over the $140 he wanted for it.It is one of my favorite computers in my collection and will never sell it. 


the Isopoint Trackbar, that rolled to scroll up and down, moved sideways to scroll right and left. The Trackbar was part of the detachable keyboardWith one's hands in the usual position on the keyboard, one need only move one's thumb slightly to use it.

The infrared ports on the keyboard (left) and the system unit (right).

The fact that the outbound had 2  infrared ports allowed you to use the keyboard wirelessly if you wanted to. Which was way ahead of its time and a feature that most other portables at the time had.

The Outbound came with a great carrying case made from cordura nylon, with the Outbound logo.

The outbound also included a nice carrying case with the kangaro logo. 

  • introduced 1989 or 1990; discontinued
  • requires ROM from Mac Plus or SE
  • requires System 3.2 to 7.5.5 (Plus ROM) or 4.1 to 7.5.5 (SE ROM) (mines running os 7.1)
  • CPU: 15 MHz 68HC000 CPU
  • performance: about double that of a Plus or SE
  • ROM: 128 KB (Plus ROM) or 256 KB (SE ROM)
  • RAM: 1 MB, expandable to 4 MB using pairs of 256 KB or 1 MB 150ns 30-pin SIMMs(mine had 4mb ram)
  • 9" b&w screen, 640 x 400 pixels
  • keyboard communicates via infrared
  • two miniDIN-8 serial ports
  • DB-25 SCSI connector on back of computer
  • floppy: 1.4 MB double sided
  • hard drive: 40 MB drive optional
  • silicon drive (1-16 MB) optional, holds data 10-25 days
  • size (HxWxD): 7.8 x12.3 x 3.6"
  • weight: 9.3 lb., including battery
  • PRAM battery: unknown
  • battery: 3 hour charge
  • Gestalt ID: unknown
  • addressing: 24-bit only



The whole package

The outbound and all of its stuff

Up close

using the wireless keyboard feature

outbound adapter

scsi adapter for the outbound


not many ports on the outbounds. im not even sure what they all do