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The HP-86B was part of the Series 80 from Hewlett-Packard, a series of small scientific desktop computers which was introduced in 1980. The first computer released from the series was the HP-85 which was aimed at engineering and control applications.
The HP-86B was released in 1983, replacing the 86A. It was a modular machine and had no built-in printer, mass storage, or display. The 86B omitted the two disc drive interfaces and parallel printer interface in favour of a single HP-IB interface. The 86B also came standard with 128K RAM, and had built in Electronic DISC ROM. The 86 series featured an output port for composite video, and was commonly connected to the 82912A (9 inch) or 82913A (12 inch) monitor. This example in our collection was donated with a 82913A monitor alongside it.
The 86B was discontinued in November of 1987.
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