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D > DATAVUE > Spark   


The Datavue Spark was one of the First Laptops Ever Made. It Featured a Powerful (Back Then) Intel 8088 with a clock Speed of 9.77MHz.

It had a blue 5" x 10" screen (which was big for 1987) made by Epson that supported 16 shades of blueish grey. Plus, it was backlit, which made it very bright and readable.

DOS could be run on this system, but needed a boot disk to do anything.

Due to a very high retail price, very few Spark were sold (at least in Australia). In the US, the price was about $1000-$1200, depending on the amount of memory and whether 1 or 2 drives.

The closest (decent) competitor to the Spark was the Toshiba T-1000. A very well-made laptop, but its screen was only about 3-1/2" x 7" and much less readable.

Datavue made it up until 1993, then the company went under due to the many more powerful laptops on the market at the time. Datavue produced many other laptops.

Thanks to Michael Buchan, Ronald Harper for information.

We need more info about this computer ! If you designed, used, or have more info about this system, please send us pictures or anything you might find useful.
Special thanks to Robert S ONeill who donated us this computer !

NAME  Spark
TYPE  Portable
YEAR  June 1987
KEYBOARD  Full stroke 76 Key IBM Style. No Keypad
CPU  Intel 8088, later Nec V20 & V30
SPEED  9.77 MHz.
RAM  640 KB
VRAM  Suspected to be 128 KB
ROM  384 KB
TEXT MODES  40-80 chars. x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  320 x 200, 400 x 320 dots
COLORS  16 blueish greyscales
SOUND  PC Speaker
SIZE / WEIGHT  13 (W) x 13 (D) x 18 (H) Inches / 6.5 Kg. (14 lb)
I/O PORTS  9 Pin RS232C, 9 Pin RGBI, RF Port, 25 Pin Centronics, 16 Pin External Floppy Port
BUILT IN MEDIA  One or two 3 ˝ 720K Floppy Disk Drives - Hard disc version came later
POWER SUPPLY  External power supply unit
PRICE  $1000-$1200 (USA, 1988)
AU$10999 (Australia, 1987)

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