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C > COMPAQ > Portable 386   

Portable 386

Apart from the Compaq logo, the Compaq Portable 386 was externally identical to the Portable III, but the inside was a true revolution in the portable computers field of the time. Its Intel 386-20 processor offered more speed, power and capabilities than ever before.

About the Portable 386, PC Magazine said in its review:
Its the hottest thing you can pick up with a handle. At 20 MHz, it outperforms everything else on the market but its deskbound sibling . Yet it's rugged enough for on-the-go computing, takes standard PC cards in an elegantly engineered span-on expansion chassis, and weighs less than 20 pounds. Some folks may not like the styling, but everyone loves the way it performs.

The portable 386 and Portable III had great success around the world, as well as the desktop versions, Compaq Deskpro 286-12 and 386/20. At about the same time as the 386 launch, Compaq announced having manufactured its 1- millionth personal computer.

Later, this robust machine was upgraded by third companies up to 486/80 CPU, 10 MB RAM and 9 GB hard-disk.

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NAME  Portable 386
TYPE  Professional Computer
YEAR  October 1987
KEYBOARD  Typewriter type 92 keys with 12 function keys and numeric keypad
CPU  Intel 80386
CO-PROCESSOR  Socket for an Intel 80387 math coprocessor
RAM  2 MB up to 10 MB
ROM  16 KB
TEXT MODES  40 or 80 columns x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  Up to 640 x 400 pixels - CGA resolution (640x200) in DOS mode
COLORS  Monochrome orange
SOUND  Beeper
SIZE / WEIGHT  41 (W) x 19.2 (D) x 24.8 (H) cm / 11 kg
I/O PORTS  Serial, Parallel, Video RGB, expansion bus
BUILT IN MEDIA  1 x 1.2 MB FDD, 40 or 100 MB HDD
OS  MS-DOS 3.3
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply unit - No battery
PERIPHERALS  Expansion box with two IBM-AT card slots
PRICE  From $12,000 to $14,000

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