Rare Left-Handed Macintosh Portable Prototype Now Available On eBay

Rare Left-Handed Macintosh Portable Prototype Now Available On eBay

Still got a lump of cash around after Christmas? An eBay seller has just posted a rare prototype of the first portable Macintosh for sale to the highest bidder.

As a prototype, the device has one major deviation from the Macintosh Portable that we’ve all known and loved: a left-side trackball instead of the finished unit’s right-side trackball. Considering Steve Jobs’ seeming hostility to lefties, that’s a bit of a surprise.

This Macintosh Portable prototype is externally in perfect condition, but the acid battery pack inside no longer works, preventing the prototype from powering on. Surely that’s something a resourceful enough hardware hacker could remedy though, right? Who knows what secrets still reside within?

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  • Justin M

    Every mac portable I’ve seen allows the trackball to be on the left or right, not a rare feature certainly.

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