Visual Commuter

The Commuter has the distinction of being the first portable IBM-compatible computer with an LCD display. It shows only 16 lines of text (80 characters per line), but it is still very useful. In 1985 it was upgraded to 24 lines of text.

An external monitor can be plugged into the connector on the back of the Commuter, and the LCD display can be removed entirely.

Model: Commuter 1083
Introduced: November 1983
Price: US $1995
Weight: 16 lbs / 7.25 kg
CPU: Intel 8088, 4.77MHz
RAM: 128K, 512K max
Display: LCD display
  80 X 16 text
Expansion: no internal slots
Storage: Two 320K 5-1/4" drives
Ports: expansion, async
  async/sync, parallel
  RGB (monochrome)
  composite video (color)
OS: MS-DOS 2.11 (on disk)

Manufacturer: Visual Computer Incorporated
Date: November 1983

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REM 80 - Volume 11, Issue 1 The North West TRS-80 USers Group
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Dragon User - May 1983 May 1983
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Practical Computing - September 1983 September 1983
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Perspective January 1984 Number 01 January 1984
Practical Computing - February 1984 February 1984
Personal Computer World - March 1984 March 1984
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Perspective June 1984 Number 06 June 1984
Byte August 1984 August 1984
Byte October 1984 October 1984
Practical Computing - October 1984 October 1984
Byte March 1984 October 1984
Personal Computer World - December 1984 December 1984
Practical Computing - December 1984 December 1984
Perspective December 1984 Number 12 December 1984
REM 80 - Volume 7, Issue 5 The North West TRS-80 USers Group 1985
Perspective April 1985 Number 04 April 1985
Practical Computing - July 1985 July 1985
University of Cambridge Computing Service Summer 1985 Newsletter 120 July 1985
Perspective July 1985 Number 07 July 1985
Personal Computer World Special: Business Computing The 1986 Survival Guide April 1986
Practical Computing - October 1986 October 1986
Perspective October 1986 October 1986
Perspective January 1987 January 1987
Byte April 1989 16-01-2003
Acorn User - September 1988 27-05-2009
Acorn User - January 1989 27-05-2009
Acorn User - February 1989 27-05-2009
Acorn User - March 1989 27-05-2009
Acorn User - November 1989 03-06-2009
Byte April 1987 09-09-2009
Byte October 1985 16-09-2009
Byte May 1985 16-09-2009
Byte June 1986 16-09-2009
Byte December 1986 16-09-2009
Byte August 1991 23-09-2009

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH43908. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

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