Zenith ZFL-171-42 Portable
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The Z-171 portable personal computer is a lightweight, briefcase-sized computer designed for personal or business computing needs. It is a portable system with all of the features of a full-sized system, and it can run virtually all software from IBM's vast library.
According to the February 1986 New York Times, Zenith was successful in winning a $27 million contact to supply the IRS with around 15,000 portable Z-171 computers. Due to its early design, possibly as far back as 1983, the Z-171 is one of the few battery-powered computers which use the large 5-1/4 inch floppy drives, instead of the more recent 3-1/2 inch floppy drives. This made it much more compatible with desktop systems, as at the time, they also mostly used 5-1/4 inch floppy drives.
The Z-171 keyboard has four "icon keys", which initiate functions to make the Z-171 more than just a basic laptop computer (their words). These keys function are built-in and work without booting into MS-DOS.
Manufacturer: Zenith Data Systems
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