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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.

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If anyone has the original disks for this system I''d love to get in contact with you and archive them for upload!

Friday 10th July 2020
Jim M (TN USA)

I am looking for a cable to connect the keyboard to the computer on my Sr. Partner. I’m the original owner and it kills me that I can’t find the cable.

Any advice as to where to find one would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Thursday 13rd June 2019
Patrick DePalma  (United States)

The description says this supported 640x200x4 colors, but the specs say 640x200x2 colors (CGA standard). I assume the later is the correct spec. What was the video standard and resolution for the built-in screen? Was it 640x200 or was it Hercules or something else?

Tuesday 19th June 2018
Jerri Kohl (NEK VT US)
Pedal Powered Software


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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