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 !
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.
I have one with the case all the books that I am selling at a estate sale next week in Huntsville, al. Please email me if you are interested and help me with the price. The only one I see it $4000, but I know they are not selling for that. MJ Ailor Loose Ends By MJ estate sales
Thursday 13rd November 2014
Mary Jim Ailor (United States)
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