Compaq Portable III

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Compaq Portable III
Manufacturer Compaq Computer Corporation, United States
Type Portable computer
Release date 1987; 30 years ago (1987)
Operating system MS-DOS 3.1
CPU Intel 80286 @ 12 MHz, Intel 80287 (FPU) option
Memory 640 - 8192 kB RAM[1]
Display 10" amber colored gas-plasma display
Graphics 640 × 400 resolution, 80 × 25 text
Sound PIT using a mini speaker
Connectivity CGA,[2] serial, parallel[1]
Dimensions 41 (width) x 19.2 (depth) x 24.8 (height) cm
Weight 9.1 kg
Predecessor Compaq Portable II
Successor Compaq Portable 386

The Compaq Portable III is a PC/AT-compatible computer released by Compaq Computer Corporation in 1987.[1] It was advertised as being much smaller and lighter than the previous portable x86-PCs, however it was still quite large by today's standards. Its street price upon its release was 4999 USD for a model equipped with a 12 MHz Intel 80286, 640 KB RAM, 1.2 MB 5.25" floppy, 20 /40 /60 MB hard disk,[3] and a 10" amber colored gas-plasma display or 5799 USD with the upgraded 40 MB hard disk.[1] There was also an optional ISA Expansion chassis allowed for 2 full length 16-bit ISA add-in cards[1] for 199 USD.[3] Power is supplied using a mains electricity outlet, no battery exists.[1]


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