Unboxing my Sharp PC-4501 classic Personal Computer

It’s 1987 and I’ve been needing a new laptop. After a careful process of comparison shopping I settled on my Sharp PC-4501 from Montgomery Ward. Let’s open it up and take a look!

For only $699.99, it’s a state of the art machine. A 7.16MHz processor, 640KB of RAM, and mine comes with an optional second 3.5″ floppy disk drive! Now I can work on a program and save its data at the same time. It was designed to be especially easy to use.

Good thing they provide unpacking instructions inside the box.

It comes with an instruction manual and the operating system disk.

I’ll make sure to return the warranty card.

Power up…time to go through the BIOS setup!

One thing I don’t like so much is the screen is front-lit with ambient lighting, and is glossy. Makes it a challenge to see what’s being displayed sometimes.

We’ll try out a productivity application.

Looks productive!

I can’t wait to begin editing documents and spreadsheets from my own home. It’ll be so much easier than my old typewriter!