Lappy 486

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The Lappy 486.
Features of the Lappy 486.

The Lappy 486 is Strong Bad's third and current computer, and is manufactured by Compy, Inc. It utilizes a more modern email client which includes a subject line, a reply panel, and the following easy-access buttons: Reply, Forward, Delete, Save, Computer, and Image. (Delete, Save, Computer, and Image are hidden by Strong Bad's head.) However, all of it disappears when Strong Bad clears the screen to continue typing.

Strong Bad describes its startup noise as "classy." His attempt to repeat it is quite out of tune. Also see Female Lappy 486.

Unlike the Compy 386 and the Tandy 400, no emails have been DELETED on this computer yet, although it can flash a DO OVER!! screen with an explosion effect.


Quick Facts


First seen in Strong Bad Email 119, "animal." First mentioned by The Brothers Chaps in the "invisibility" DVD commentary.


The Lappy's logo.
Lappy 486's email client
The back of the Lappy 486 from part-time job.
  • 42 pounds!! ("Extremely portable", according to Strong Bad)
  • 2MB Hard Drive!
  • "Several" Color Monitor
  • Warning: Five Minute Battery Life (Strong Bad said it is "One half of ten minutes"—evidence shown in part-time job)
  • 512K RAM
  • "Finally, a computer for your lap!"—Compy

Screen Ratio

The Lappy's aspect ratio is 1.67:1 (width:height) or 5:3, as opposed to a normal screen of 1.3:1 (4:3), a high-definition screen of 1.78:1 (16:9), and a widescreen of 1.85:1.

Interactive Feature

Clicking on the Lappy's screen simulates the effect seen on laptop LCDs: applied force moves the liquid inside (a Liquid Crystal Display), causing a "wave" of distorted colors. Whenever the Lappy 486 is seen in a new email or toon, when you click on the screen to get the effect that is similar on most LCD flat panel monitors. The circle you get matches the color of what is in the reflection (i.e. Red for Strong Bad's head, green for Strong Bad's eyes, etc.), but after a few days or so, the circle is always white. This is also Strong Bad's first computer without contrast buttons besides the Polish Block.


So far, the "Several" Color Monitor refered to in the email "animal" has proved to be 18:

  • Black: background color
  • White: text
  • Blue: email client title bar, shortcut keys, and mousing over emails on the menu
  • Magenta: (pink) Lappy 486 logo
  • Dark Magenta: Lappy 486 Logo (look closely)
  • Cyan: (aqua) Lappy 486 logo
  • Dark Cyan: Lappy 486 Logo (look closely)
  • Yellow: Lappy 486 logo.
  • Dark Yellow: Lappy 486 Logo (look closely)
  • Gold: Encore easter egg in the email rock opera
  • Puke Green: "bread sing-alongs" in the email origins
  • Red: new emails, do over
  • Peach: the face of Edga Jr.
  • Orange: the hair of Edga Jr.
  • Sky blue: the shirt of Edga Jr.
  • Grey: Scrollbar color, Edga Jr. picture table outline
  • Salmon: The words 'a girl', 'really', and 'relatively' in bottom 10
  • Dark Green: the "d-e" words in death metal

The Real Computer

The 486 was actually a real processor made by Intel. It was quite similar to the 386 processor from a software standpoint, but was considerably faster.

The Lappy seems to be inspired by the Mac Portable, a 16-pound transportable Macintosh that sold poorly.


The Lappy 486's font is called "Glitch0."

Preceded by:
Compy 386
Strong Bad Emails
119 - Present
Succeeded by:
Personal tools