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Senior Partner

This is a luggable IBM-PC compatible system. It tends to offer an all-in-one solution for the perfect 80's business man. Back in 1983 it was the first Japanese computer completely IBM-PC compatible (hardware & software).

It has a built-in thermal printer (80/132 columns, 8.5'' wide) using paper-rolls. This was quite useful where you were on the move, but the weight of the whole system is also quite impressive. It is maybe transportable but surely not portable !
It was also possible to connect a more sophisticated printer through the Parallel port.
There is a 9'' CRT green display built-in along with a brightness control.
An interesting feature is that you can also connect the Sr Partner to an external color monitor, thus unleashing the fantastic power of this ultra-modern laptop...err. Maybe not, but you can at least enjoy CGA color graphics (640 x 200 with 4 colors, wow).

Apparently there were several models with different storage configurations : one 5''1/4 disk-drive (360k), two 5''1/4 disk-drives, one disk-drive and one hard-disk (10Mb, 20Mb)...

On the original disk, the MS-DOS ver 2.0A and Basic v2.0 were delivered.

Presented at the Las-Vegas Comdex in november 1983, the Senior Partner was proposed for 2495$ with Wordstar, Visicalc, PFS-File, PFS-Graph, PFS-Report and GW-Basic.

Panasonic, along with National and Technics were brands owned by the Matsushita japanese group.



The description says this supported 640x200x4 colors, but the specs say 640x200x2 colors (CGA standard). I assume the later is the correct spec. What was the video standard and resolution for the built-in screen? Was it 640x200 or was it Hercules or something else?

Tuesday 19th June 2018
Jerri Kohl (NEK VT US)
Pedal Powered Software

I have a Panasonic panther computer model rl h70000 w I would like to sell that works

Tuesday 13rd March 2018
Norris Lee grant (Pawley is. S. C. United States )

I bought a brand brand new Panasonic Senior Partner in 1985. Used it in my business. I had a modem installed in it when I bought it. It still works the last time I plugged it in. I have a boot disk.

Sunday 27th April 2014
Nanci Glassgow (CA USA )


NAME  Senior Partner
TYPE  Transportable
YEAR  ? 1983
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke QWERTY keyboard with numeric keypad and function keys
CPU  Intel 8088
SPEED  4.77 Mhz
CO-PROCESSOR  optional 8087 mathematic co-processor
RAM  128 kb (512k max.)
ROM  16 kb
TEXT MODES  80 x 25
GRAPHIC MODES  CGA graphics :320 x 200 (4 colors), 640 x 200 (2 colors)
COLORS  Monochrom (built-in 9 inch CRT green display) and 4 colors (CGA) with external monitor
SOUND  Beeper ?
SIZE / WEIGHT  14 kg
I/O PORTS  Serial/RS232c, Centronics/Parallel, 1 x ISA expansion slot, RAM expansion slot, RGB monitor ouput
BUILT IN MEDIA  Model RL-H7000 : 1 x 360k floppy + optional second floppy
Model RL-H7000W : 2 x 360k floppy drives
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in PSU. Doesn't work with any fuse less than 20 Amp !...
PRICE  $2495 (USA, november 1983)

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