The laptop was a Toshiba Satellite 310CDS, reportedly hot stuff back in the late 1990s.
The box it came in is what you see pictured above, and, unlike the laptop, it still fulfills a purpose today, according to a reader of the section of Reddit known appropriately as r/MildlyInteresting.
“We use this box for waste paper in the office,” he writes. “Its useful life has been more than a decade longer than the computer it contained.”
Who needs your fancy plastic recycling receptacle when you have a perfectly sturdy, if somewhat tape-fortified, cardboard one on hand already doing the job?
Is there a date on the box?
“No, but I'm pretty sure the computer was one of two or three of these Toshibas that the company bought around 1997/8. They were big-money laptops back then - think, $3,000 in 1997 dollars sort of thing. Thoroughly obsolete by the early 2000s. Kinda wish we'd kept one!”
Since he didn’t, here’s a video tour of one via YouTube:
And here are the specs.
The box speaks for itself.