IBM 5155 Portable Computer

The IBM 5155 - The Portable PC
The Portable PC was IBM's first carry-around PC. It still needed to be plugged in to work and weighed 30lbs, so it was quite a chore to carry around. Introduced in 1984, it offered an XT in a small box. It used the same motherboard as the XT but included a 9" Amber screen built into the case. The keyboard attached to the front of the case making it very simple to carry around, if you could handle the weight of it.

IBM 5155 Portable PC Stock Specifications
System Unit Including 83-key Light-Weight Keyboard
8088 processor, 4.77mhz
256kb Memory (Upgradeable to 640k)
5.25" 360k Floppy Drive (Option for second)
9" Integrated Amber Display

Introduced in Feb. 1984 and discontinued in Apr. 1986
Our model was manufactured on the 10th June 1984

Serial No: 6450302 and was very kindly donated by Mr G S Cope

 

Manufacturer: IBM
Date: 1st June 1984

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH1782. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

IBM 5155 Portable Computer


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