Compaq Portable III
The Portable III was rumoured to be the smallest, lightest and fastest 386 machine but Compaq only had a 286-12 mainboard ready to be mass produced. The 386 version would followed one year later.
Compaq released a 286 version to restore its Number One spot in the portable market, under the pressure from Toshiba with its T-1100 and T-3100 and Zenith with its Z-181.
Compaq Computer Corporation USA 1987
$5,000 plus for a typical configuration
Processor Intel 80286
Speed 12 MHz
Storage 5.25" 1.2MB floppy drive, 20 or 40 MB internal HD
Expansion One IBM PC/AT compatible slot
Bus ISA (Industry Standard Architecture)
Video CGA 320x200x16 color (shades of gray) or 640x200x2 color. RGB out.
I/O Parallel and Serial
OS Options MS-DOS, CP/M-86, Windows 286 and others
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