I did pretty much everything on that laptop during my first 2 years of high school. It was just as fast as my desktop at the time (a hand-me-down 8088 from my parents) but I couldn't figure out how to get the built-in modem to work and wrote it off as broken. Regardless, I adopted it as my main workstation at home and around town. I used a small portable 9-volt battery powered 2400 Baud modem made by Viva to do my BBS and Dial-up UNIX stuff. It was accompanied by a Telecoupler II acoustic coupler for working on the road (from digital PBX phones at work, payphones, etc)
At home, most of my writing homework was done in LotusWorks Suite, and all my printing was done through my trusty OkiData Microline 182+ printer.
The Demise: All good things come to an end. I broke my SuperSport's LCD screen when something fell from one of my shelves directly onto the laptop. For a few months, I left the LCD Clamshell part off (took it apart and removed the LCD frame, hinges, and all), and used the SuperSport plugged into a CGA monitor as my main workstation. Eventually, I upgraded to a more modern NEC laptop with a color screen. Let's face it, by 1996, the SuperSport was obsolete, even if it did get the job done.
As it turned out, One had a hard drive inside, but it wouldn't so much as power on. The other one would power on, but wouldn't boot from floppy, and gave some obscure error I hadn't seen before about resetting a drive. I decided to take the LCD from the one that wouldn't power up, and try to get my original SuperSprt back up and running. Sure enough, it worked like a charm. I was pleased. Upon opening the one that would power on with a wierd error, I found a hard drive controller. I swapped the hard drive from the DOA SuperSport, and much to my surprise, it booted right up. The floppy drive was also trashed, which is why it wouldn't boot from floppy. I swapped the floppy drive from the DOA SuperSport as well, and ended up with two fully functional SuperSports, and a pile of parts almost big enough to build another SuperSport. I didn't bother seeing why the DOA one wouldn't power up, but I'd bet it's just the onboard power supply.
The batteries that came with these two salvage zeniths turned out to be a wash. One won't hold a charge for anything, and the other one won't supply enough energy to sustain the hard drive for more than 5 minutes. It will run for about 4 hours in the Zenith with 2 floppy drives though, but it starts beeping with a lowe battery warning after a few minutes. 5 Hours of incessant battery warnings sucks. The original battery pack that I had back in the 90's had become cracked from the incident that took the LCD too. Inside, the batteries were fine, so I hacked one of the dead battery cases to hold the larger battery array from my original battery pack. Right now, it seems to run for 6 hours straight even on the one with the hard drive. I took very good care of that battery pack. Once a week, I put it on a Ni-CD conditioner to run it down and charge it back up slowly. Considering it hasn't been used in close to a decade, and it still works great, I think I was doing the right thing. :)
Zenith 2 (Used very often)