Compaq Contura

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Contura
Compaq Contura 430C front.jpg
Contura 430C
DeveloperCompaq
TypeLaptop
Release date1992–1996
SuccessorCompaq Armada

The Contura was a line of notebook computers produced by Compaq. Released in 1992, the Contura was Compaq's first attempt at making an affordable, entry-level laptop computer.

Contura series[edit]

Clockwise from upper left: Top-down view of 430C with case closed; detail of keyboard and trackball; rear ports (from left to right: DC power, parallel, docking base, serial, PS/2, VGA)
Compaq Contura 420C running scientific software

The main Contura series included models 3/20, 3/25, 3/25c, 4/25, 4/25c, 4/25cx, 400, 400C, 400CX, 410, 410C, 410CX, 420C, 420CX, 430C, and 430CX. These were standard-size notebooks, not ultra-portable subnotebook computers. The "X" designation denoted an active matrix screen.

3/20[edit]

  • 386SL running at 20 MHz
  • Display: VGA monochrome
  • RAM: 2 MB
  • 40 MB or 84 MB hard disk
  • External trackball attached to the side of the laptop

3/25c[edit]

  • 386SL running at 25 MHz
  • Display: VGA color
  • RAM: 4 MB
  • 80 MB or 120 MB hard disk
  • External trackball attached to the side of the laptop

4/25[edit]

  • 486SL running at 25 MHz
  • Display: VGA monochrome
  • RAM: 4 MB
  • 120 MB or 200 MB hard disk
  • External trackball attached to the side of the laptop

4/25c[edit]

  • 486SL running at 25 MHz
  • Display: VGA color
  • RAM: 4 MB
  • 120 MB or 200 MB hard disk
  • External trackball attached to the side of the laptop

4/25cx[edit]

  • 486SL running at 25 MHz
  • Display: VGA color (active matrix)
  • RAM: 4 MB
  • 120 MB or 200 MB hard disk
  • Integrated trackball

Contura Aero series[edit]

The Compaq Contura Aero 4/25 and 4/33c were among the earliest subnotebook computers that acted as a precursor to netbooks. They were released in 1994 and originally ran MS-DOS and Windows 3.1. They were also able to run Windows 95 after its release in 1995. They were similar to the Contura line of laptop computers but smaller. Although the 4/25's GPU can produce color, the datasheet for the device states it is incapable of producing color graphics. This does not apply to the 4/33c.

4/25[edit]

  • i486SX-S (SL enhanced 486SX) running at 25 MHz
  • Display: Passive matrix gray scale VGA (16 shades (640x480) high resolution, 64 shades (320x200) low resolution, color capable when using an external VGA monitor)
  • RAM: 4 MB built-in (expandable to a maximum of 8 MB or 12 MB using an optional 4 or 8MB Compaq branded module, or 20 MB using a third party 16 MB module)
  • 256 KB video memory (512 KB exists in the system, but is not accessible by the GPU.)
  • 84 MB, 170 MB or 250 MB 2.5" IDE hard disk drive
  • 1 PCMCIA slot (Type II)
  • 1 ECP/EPP 1.9 capable parallel port
  • 1 RS-232 serial port (16550 UART)
  • 1.5 x 10.25 x 7.5 inches (3.8 x 26 x 19 cm)[1]
  • Integrated trackball

4/33c[edit]

Contura Aero 4/33c
  • i486SX-S (SL enhanced 486SX) running at 33 MHz
  • Display: Passive matrix color VGA (16 colors (640x480) high resolution, 256 colors (320x200) low resolution)
  • RAM: 4 MB built-in (expandable to a maximum of 8 or 12 MB using an optional 4 MB or 8 MB Compaq branded module, or 20 MB using a third party 16 MB module)
  • 256 KB video memory (512 KB exists in the system, but is not accessible by the GPU.)
  • 84 MB, 170 MB or 250 MB 2.5" IDE hard disk drive
  • 1 PCMCIA slot (Type II)
  • 1 ECP/EPP 1.9 capable parallel port
  • 1 RS-232 serial port (16550 UART)
  • 1.7 x 10.25 x 7.5 inches (4.3 x 26 x 19 cm)
  • Integrated trackball

Aero handhelds[edit]

  • Compaq Aero 1500 Palm-size PC[2]
  • Compaq Aero 2100 Color Palm-size PC[3]
  • Compaq Aero 8000 Handheld PC Pro[4]

This line of palm-sized PCs from Compaq was first succeeded by the Compaq C-Series[5] and then by the Aero 1550 Pocket PC.[6] The line of handheld devices starting from the Aero 1550 Pocket PC were finally moulded into the iPAQ line of handheld devices, which is currently handled by Hewlett-Packard, after their acquisition of Compaq.

In popular culture[edit]

  • The Compaq Contura 4/25cx was used and seen in the 1995 Season 2, Episode 8 of Friends.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Compaq Aero FAQ
  2. ^ "Aero 1500 Quickspecs". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  3. ^ "Aero 2100 Quickspecs". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  4. ^ "Aero 8000 Quickspecs". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  5. ^ "C-Series Quickspecs". Archived from the original on 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  6. ^ "Aero 1550 Quickspecs". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2008-02-29.