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DYNALOGIC
HYPERION

The Hyperion was produced by the Infotech Cie. of Ottawa, a subsidiary of Bytec Management Corp. It was the first portable IBM-PC compatible computer, released three months earlier than the Compaq Portable.

The machine offered powerful features for a 1982 computer, including dual 360K 5.25" disk drives, built-in 7-inch amber CRT and a video out jack for displaying CGA graphics. The keyboard slides underneath the main unit and locks into place. It was delivered along with a suite of standard software: word processor, data base and communications.

Although it was significantly lighter and handy than the Compaq, the Hyperion suffered from reliabilty problems, specially from disk drives. Furthermore it was only 95% PC compatible. For these reasons, Compaq definitively took the lead of portable sales.

The Hyperion sales continued in Canada and USA for two year. A few of them were also sold in Europe from September 1983 by the German Anderson Jacobson Cie, under the name Ajile.

Special thanks to Chuck Bredemeier who donated us this computer !

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I had one too in the early eighties, in Australia. My memory must be failing me as I thought I had it when I worked for an employer whom I left around March 1982. I remember it came with MSDOS 1.1 and then happy days I got MSDOS 1.25. I certainly had Lotus 123, a word processor and Turbo Pascal. .....and it was transportable. It was a joy that I could take home rather than pencil and paper at night.

          
Wednesday 1st June 2016
Ross (Australia)

I had a Hyperion in 1983 in Denmark, Europe. It ran MS-DOS 1.25, a special danish version of 1.1, I used it with Lotus 1-2-3 for accounting. I was very happy about it, it never let me down. In Denmark it was sold by a company called HELPP Computer. I do''nt know how many they sold. In Norway a bank bought 50 to be used in banking.

          
Wednesday 22nd July 2015
Jørgen Bang (Danmark)

I purchased the Hyperion that was 1 year old in 1985 from Anderson Jacobson in Santa Clara, CA. I used it for tax preparation for businesses. I was one of the first Registered California Tax Practitioners that prepared taxes using a portable computer and filed taxes electronically. I believe I used the first edition of Turbotax that was introduced by Mike Chipman which I conversed with on the phone when I ran into problems. The computer only gave me grief if I forgot to save the file on the 2nd floppy or when someone tripped on the power cord.

          
Tuesday 19th May 2015
Dave Malby (Sacramento, CA)
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NAME  HYPERION
MANUFACTURER  Dynalogic
TYPE  Transportable
ORIGIN  Canada
YEAR  January 1983
END OF PRODUCTION  1984
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  None
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke 83 keys PC-style keyboard with numeric keypad
CPU  Intel 8086
SPEED  4.77 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  Socket for a 8087 Math coprocessor
RAM  256 KB (up to 640 KB)
VRAM  16 KB
ROM  8 KB
TEXT MODES  40 or 80 characters x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  320 x 200 / 640 x 200 / 640 x 400 pixels
COLORS  Monochrome. 16 levels of grey
SOUND  built-in loudspeaker
SIZE / WEIGHT  46.4 (W) x 28.8 (D) x 22.3 (H) cm. / 18 pounds
I/O PORTS  RS232, Centronics, Modem, Network, Telephone handset, expansion connector
BUILT IN MEDIA  Two 5.25'' 360 KB disk drives
OS  MS-DOS, CP/M-86
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in switching power supply unit
PERIPHERALS  IN:TOUCH telephone magement system, internal 300-baud modem, RAM extension
PRICE  C$4,955


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