Reply 320 of 493, by radiounix
The Lattitude C-series are a decent choice for a more modern laptop, not because they're well-built, but because they're well known and were made in huge numbers. Also, yes, the parts can be swapped between myriad models. I had one, really easy to work on.
As for the 1400LT being extremely common, well, in the US almost every town, even a small town, had a Radio Shack. Some towns had more than one, there'd even be a Radio Shack in most shopping malls. For some years the Tandy 1000 line was probably America's best selling 16-bit home computer, and I understand they sold literally in the millions of their 8-bit Model 100 laptop word processor/BASIC machines. Maybe we should export some in exchange for funky Olivetti stuff that scarcely sold here?
Funny enough, here the t3000 and t5000 series machines are pretty common. You wouldn't think it by the price, even by American standards these were a machine for executives, field engineering .etc. I think they've been saved in disproportionate numbers, rather like the also very expensive Compaq Portable 386s -- no doubt, because of the cool plasma monitors that made them great conversation pieces. The 3200SX however, yes, those early active matrix screens were really expensive even compared to a plasma. They also didn't look very good. But most of the parts should still be fairly easy to get if you can reach out to a US collector.