Weighing in at 12kg this was never a light machine, and has certainly been over rather than under engineered. Yet it did manage to sell for the magical £1000 mark making it cheaper than its competitors. The monitor and drive assembly slide over the keyboard for transport and the rubber guard clips over the front to protect the screen. This was a business oriented machine which despite its pedigree (designed by Transam, constructed by Thorn EMi and distributed by Prism Micro-Products) won few admirers visually when it was launched. The software that came with it (written by Quantec Software) was better and was one of the first to employ a clear filing index system for all the pages.
In the end despite its potential the Wren died early because it had arrived to market too late. It was just too heavy when others were scaling down, and the screen was too small to be useful. Interestingly despite some good construction elements there were also silly glitches. One previous Salesman told me that you had to be careful actually carrying it around because if it hit your calf too much the bottom of the case was prone to dent which could sometimes short circuit the board out…….not a great feature for a ‘portable’ computer!