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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.
Michael Buchan, Ronald Harper for information.
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Special thanks to
Robert S ONeill who donated us this computer !
I just bought one of these at an estate sale in Albany NY. It was part of the estate of a former editor of the Washington Post. Boots right up to MSDOS 2.11. It came with a disk that launches Wordperfect.
Monday 7th May 2018 NY Charlie (United States)
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NAME Spark MANUFACTURER Datavue TYPE Portable ORIGIN U.S.A. YEAR June 1987 END OF PRODUCTION 1993 BUILT IN LANGUAGE None 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 OS MS-DOS POWER SUPPLY External power supply unit PRICE $1000-$1200 (USA, 1988) AU$10999 (Australia, 1987)
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