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P > PANASONIC > Senior Partner     

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.



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 )

I just acquired a functional one but it didn''t have the bootdiscs. Can I just use any 5.25 floppy or do I need specific bootdiscs? Anyone have a copy I could buy?

Saturday 1st March 2014
Mark (Long Island ny)
On the odd

Sorry I''ll right you if you want to buy it

Monday 29th July 2013
chris sitarski (fremont ne 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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