42 First Russian Laptop

First Russian Laptop

Posted on August 20, 2006 by team


first russian laptop elektronika

This is first Russian laptop, made under the brand “Elektronika”. The production started in 1991 and lasted not very long due to the high price of the device – none of the common people could afford themselves such devices. The price for the computer was around $6000, that equals 25,000 roubles according to that time’s exchange rate, when the average salary across the country was 500 roubles (50 times less!).

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FIRSt russian laptop was very expensive

As we mentioned before in the article “How the richest Russians became rich” at that time there were practicaly no people who earned a lot and could afford such hardware for personal use. It was mainly produced for larger industrial factory engineers so that they could carry it along with them and plug to the larger machines they operated.

russian laptop 1991

It has been reported that not more than a thousand of such computers were produced. The exact technical specifications are not very clear.


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42 Responses to “First Russian Laptop”

  1. [...] Το πρώτο ρώσσικο laptop κατασκευάστηκε απο την “Elektronika” το 1991, αλλά λόγω του υψηλού κόστους η παραγωγή του δεν κράτησε πολύ. Αρκεί κανείς να σκεφτεί πως κόστιζε $6000, περίπου 25000 ρούβλια , όταν ο μέσος μισθός στην Ρωσσία την εποχή εκείνη ήταν μόνο 500 ρούβλια. [...]

  2. vova says:

    не ибите моск! отличная машинка была, у вас в то время не лучше делали. проклятые империалисты.

  3. Рома says:

    Буржуи проклятые!

  4. SoloGen says:

    Interesting! (:
    The only point is that CGA is not monochrome. You can display several colors (say four!) on it.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_Graphics_Adapter

  5. [...] Anyway, what should I post to start this leet postfest… Ahh! Here’s something! I’m sitting on my laptop! Okay, nothing amazing there, but considering laptops used to look like this old Russian belter I think I’m pretty lucky, considering what it’s doing right now [...]

  6. [...] He designed his first propaganda poster with this; lo, those many moons ago. This is first Russian laptop, made under the brand “Elektronika”. The production started in 1991 and lasted not very long due to the high price of the device – none of the common people could afford themselves such devices. The price for the computer was around $6000, that equals 25,000 roubles according to that time’s exchange rate, when the average salary across the country was 500 roubles (50 times less!). [...]

  7. Al says:

    Rasha foreva

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  11. [...] Elektronika är en rysk bärbar dator från 1991. Pris då: drygt 42 000 kr. [...]

  12. [...] Do you remember the first Russian laptop? Here come the first Russian mice. The design is alike, it should be classy things at that time, 16-17 years ago. Which one do you like the most? I must say thank you to collector Sergei Frolov, for providing such rare photos. [...]

  13. ToxaRat says:

    жесть!

  14. bleubarbe says:

    Hi all! CGA supported up to 16 colors or tones (for monochrome displays) – you could even write a 3D simulator on it:)

  15. Генуине says:

    Оу, как уматно. Русские, как обычно отсосали.
    Ну эт нормально, много последних сотен лет они сосут. Это правильно, так надо.

  16. Медвед says:

    ПРЕВЕД ЛАПТОПЧЕГ!

  17. gera says:

    Garkin, true!
    nothing antirussian in text. just info. for everybody to know that there were Russian Laptops.

  18. Денис says:

    Першу ЕОМ (комп”ютер)було зроблено в Києві. А те що америкоси вкрали ці технології та більш вдало розвинули їх – так це не бозна який подвиг. Так вже сталося – що де не глянь – навіть в силиконову долину – всюди російська або українська мова. МИ ВСЕ РОБИМО. Чи може автор думає, що все на чому він працює – американське? Та нехай його їбуть мільйон китайців – бо це не так. Слава Україні.

  19. KOW's Blog says:

    11. September…

    Ja, eigentlich hatte ich vor, garnichts über den 11. September zu schreiben. Das tun schon genug andere. Trotzdem sind mir doch ein paar Dinge ein- und aufgefallen, die ich hier immerhin kurz verbreiten will:
    Da wäre zunächst mal das “Tagebuch…

  20. mario says:

    вы бы еще счеты повесили
    глупо

  21. interesting says:

    [...] Posted by jmerc Sat, 16 Sep 2006 02:20:56 GMT just read an article from i, cringly @ pbs.org about a possible marketing strategy from Apple this week with the new iPods in relation to the largest retailers who happen to be the largest sellers of dvd’s. one of those articles that make you go “hmmmm”. i don’t know where i read it, but i saw a related article, maybe on digg.com about how Apple doesn’t really sell that much music to iPod owners. the article quoted only 5% of the owners purchase music. a majority of iPod owners either rip cd’s or get free music from free sites. i know 99% of my music was ripped from my cd’s and borrowed. and i gave away all my cd’s. decided i would go totally digital, either borrow or download. wonder if i’m in the majority or minority…. of course, you need a laptop to play this on. check out this early laptop from russia. it’s friday night, and i hope all have a fun safe weekend. later [...]

  22. Йа says:

    Garkin+1…

  23. [...] of course, you need a laptop to play this on. check out this early laptop from russia. [...]

  24. Engle says:

    A great innovation of that time.

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  26. Slava says:

    Are you know the price was on laptops in USA in 1991? :))

  27. ZUB says:

    ВСЕ АМЕРИКАНЦЫ ЧЁРСТВЫЕ. И не смейтесь над нашим ноутом, если б СССР не распался щас бы играл на какойнибудь электронике… Всёравно больше половины програмистов и учёных в аМЕРИКЕ это русские евреи. ГГ Винду и то спёрли =)

  28. zolle says:

    Господа русские! как вам не стыдно материться! невоспитанные вы! уважайте других

    For all russian people who posted their comments here. Be patience for other! don’t spoil this article with bad words!

  29. that guy says:

    if it was a 16 bit 8086 (or clone), then you can only address up to 64KB of memory, not 1MB. at 1991, a computer with 1MB would have been be MUCH MORE expensive, and nobody would need 1MB with with everydays DOS-programs at this time. :)

  30. murat says:

    does any body know what was the system they were running on it russian dos??!! or what?

  31. Andrew says:

    To give some perspective the big laptop news of 1991 in America was the Apple Powerbook 170. This laptop had the following features:

    Introduction Date: October 21, 1991
    Processor Type: 68030
    Processor Speed: 25 MHz
    ROM Size: 1 MB
    Data Path: 32-bit
    Standard RAM: 4 MB
    Maximum RAM: 8 MB
    Standard Hard Drive: 40 MB, 80 MB
    Built-in Display: 9.8″ Monochrome
    Supported MacOS: 7.0.1-7.5.1,7.5.3-7.6.1
    Dimensions: 2.25 x 11.25 x 9.3 2.
    Avg. Weight: 6.8 lbs.
    Original Price: $4600 US

    In 1992 the, what I consider historic, IBM Thinkpad 700c was released:

    Processor Type: 486 SLC
    Processor Speed: 25 MHz
    Graphics Type: VGA
    Built In Display: 10.4″ TFT display with 640×480 resolution
    Standard RAM: 4 MB
    Maximum RAM: 8 MB
    Standard Hard Drive: 120MB ESDI HDD
    Original Price: $4350

    These were top of the line models. There were cheaper laptops available at the time. In 1991 the overall median household income in the United States was $40,873. One of these computers was approximately 1/10th the median household income. Sorry I don’t have more time to find median personal income figures for the United States in 1991. Median household income data is from the US Census Bureau via Wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Household_income_in_the_United_States#Education_and_Gender

  32. heatmiser says:

    I don’t understand why the Russian responders are so upset by this post. I am an American, I had a laptop that looked almost EXACTLY like this one. This is what laptops looked like in the late 80’s and early 90’s

  33. dule serbia says:

    Can somebody help me? I want to buy it! please reply to gofsv@yahoo.com if you have some info..

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  35. живой блог прекрасный. так и дальше

  36. MissKitty says:

    А у меня котёнок заболел((( Колибактериоз, ему 3 недели всего. Я так переживаю, слов нет. Сама ветеринар, и представляю к чему может данная болячка привести.
    Зарекалась ведь уже сто раз, что больше никаких собственных животных в доме, как будто своих проблем мне не хватает. Ну ничего не могу с собой поделать.

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    Заметила странную тенденцию. Как только наступает весна,настоящая такая весна, с тёплым солнышком, щебетаньем птичек и началом расцвета природы, немалое количество моих друзей и знакомых впадают в депрессию. Самое настоящее весеннее обострение у многих, причём как у парней, так и у девушек. Как это объяснить?
    Ведь, всё располагает к обратному, чтобы гулять, веселиться и влюбляться!!!

  38. Andrew Wu says:

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  39. gen. Kharkov says:

    +1

  40. j s says:

    The cost of such things wasn’t much cheaper in the US. And I would imagine that most of the ICs were of Russian origin, and semiconductor devices in Russia were very expensive to produce in that era.

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