Compaq Portable III

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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
RAM     640K
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

Manufacturer: Compaq
Date: 1987

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Compaq Portable III Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
Basic Version 2 Reference Guide Compaq Unknown
MS-DOS Version 2 Reference Guide Compaq 1 Jan 1984
Compaq Portable Operations Guide Compaq 1 Jan 1984

Magazines RELATED to Compaq Portable III in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
Personal Computer World - June 1984 Jun 1984
Electronics - 24 February 1986 24 Feb 1986
Practical Computing - April 1986 Apr 1986
Personal Computer World - April 1986 1 Apr 1986
Personal Computer World - December 1991 Dec 1991
Byte November 1987 9 Sep 2009
Byte October 1986 16 Sep 2009

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH2144. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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