The first 8 inch pen-based computer- Fujitsu Stylistic 1000

Fujitsu Stylistic 1000- 8 inch pen computer circa 1996

Ultra-portable computers and mini-Tablet PCs are big right now with many prospective users clamoring for a little computer that can be carried almost anywhere for “on the run” use. Not many people remember the very first computer that fit this criteria that was introduced by Fujitsu in 1996, the Stylistic 1000. Yes that’s right- 1996! The 1000 wasn’t light by today’s standards but it was a full computer running a 486DX (remember those) and had a plethora of ports and expansion ports available for the power users who could afford the $2900 these babies cost. The 1000 ran Windows 95 and featured the following specs:

  • Removable LiOn battery
  • 486-DX4 100 Mhz
  • 8 MB memory (expandable to 32 Mb)
  • Two PCMCIA slots- two Type III hard drive slots (one accepts two Type II cards)
  • 340 MB PCMCIA hard drive
  • Backlit grayscale touchscreen
  • Serial port
  • Parallel port
  • Keyboard connection
  • IrDA
  • Floppy connection
  • Standby sleep mode
  • VGA monitor connector (color- 800×600)

Fujitsu followed the Stylistic 1000 with the introduction of the Stylistic 1200, a color version of the 1000 with a Pentium-120, 32 MB RAM, and a 2.1 GB hard drive. The 1200 ran a smooth $3800 when released and was also a pen-enabled computer. Both computers are still available for purchase today and a quick search found you can have the 1000 for $11.45 on eBay and the 1200 for under $100 in working condition.

Stylistic 1200