Compaq Portable Computer (1982)

Compaq Portable Side View with Panel Off. (Both side panels "snap off")

Top card is a third party vendor 20 MB HardCard (Hard Disk on a card).

Side view of Compaq Portable.

Closeup View of HardCard removed. ("PLUS Hardcard 20")


The Compaq Portable Computer

The Compaq Portable was announced in 1982. It weighed about 28 pounds, used the Intel 8088 microprocessor, ran Compaq DOS (which was basically the same as MS DOS), and came with 128K RAM minimum. It was available with 1 or 2 5-1/4 inch floppy disk drives, a 9 inch CRT display (25 lines by 80 characters) and could support some graphics. It ran on AC power, and was about 20 inches by 15-1/3 inches by 8-1/2 inches high. It sold for $2,995 and was very successful. In 1983, the COMPAQ Portable Computer rolled out through network of authorized COMPAQ Computer Dealers. Compaq took in revenues of $111 million, the greatest first-year sales in the history of American business. Compaq Computer Corp. held its initial public stock offering and raised $67 million. During this year, Compaq shipped more than 53,000 portable computers and employed a total of 615 people at year end.


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