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

Visual Commuter Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
RM Nimbus PC IBM PC Emulator - How To Use It PN 17320 RM Unknown
IBM - Personal Computer - Disk Operating System - Technical Reference by Microsoft Corp IBM Unknown
Digital DEC Professional 300 Series Manual volume 5 Digital Dec 1982
Digital DEC Professional 300 Series Manual volume 1 Digital Jan 1983
STB Systems - Graphix Plus II Users Manual - Preliminary Revision 0.3 STB Systems 1984
IBM - Personal Computer - DOS 2.10 IBM Jan 1984
IBM PC troubleshooting and repair guide IBM 1985
Grafpad Operating Guide British Micro 1986
INMOS Technical Note 11: IMS B004 IBM PC add-in board INMOS Feb 1987
Acorn Springboard Systems Guide Acorn Computer 17 Jul 1987
INMOS Technical Note 3: Getting started with the TDS INMOS Oct 1987
INMOS B008 User Guide and Reference Manual INMOS Jun 1988

Magazines RELATED to Visual Commuter in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
Byte May 1987 Unknown
Byte February 1988 Unknown
REM 80 - Volume 11, Issue 1 The North West TRS-80 USers Group Unknown
Practical Computing - November 1982 Nov 1982
Personal Computer World - March 1983 Mar 1983
Dragon User - May 1983 May 1983
Personal Computer World - July 1983 Jul 1983
Practical Computing - August 1983 Aug 1983
Practical Computing - September 1983 Sep 1983
Practical Computing - October 1983 Oct 1983
Practical Computing - November 1983 Nov 1983
Perspective January 1984 Number 01 Jan 1984
Practical Computing - February 1984 Feb 1984
Personal Computer World - March 1984 Mar 1984
Perspective April 1984 Number 04 Apr 1984
Perspective June 1984 Number 06 Jun 1984
Byte August 1984 Aug 1984
Practical Computing - October 1984 Oct 1984
Byte October 1984 Oct 1984
Byte March 1984 Oct 1984
Practical Computing - December 1984 Dec 1984
Personal Computer World - December 1984 Dec 1984
Perspective December 1984 Number 12 Dec 1984
REM 80 - Volume 7, Issue 5 The North West TRS-80 USers Group 1985
Perspective April 1985 Number 04 Apr 1985
Practical Computing - July 1985 Jul 1985
Perspective July 1985 Number 07 Jul 1985
Personal Computer World Special: Business Computing The 1986 Survival Guide Apr 1986
Perspective October 1986 Oct 1986
Practical Computing - October 1986 Oct 1986
Perspective January 1987 Jan 1987
Byte April 1989 16 Jan 2003
Acorn User - September 1988 27 May 2009
Acorn User - January 1989 27 May 2009
Acorn User - February 1989 27 May 2009
Acorn User - March 1989 27 May 2009
Acorn User - November 1989 3 Jun 2009
Byte April 1987 9 Sep 2009
Byte May 1985 16 Sep 2009
Byte October 1985 16 Sep 2009
Byte June 1986 16 Sep 2009
Byte December 1986 16 Sep 2009
Byte August 1991 23 Sep 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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