Compaq Portable

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Date Introduced
1982
Photographer
Richards, Mark
Dimensions
8 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 15 1/2 in.
Manufacturer
Compaq Computer Corporation
Credit Line
Gift of Laura Bradeen
Copyright Owner
© Mark Richards
Location
United States
Keywords
DOS; Clones; portable computer
Object ID
X1227.96
Speed
4.77 MHz
Memory Type
Semiconductor
Memory Size
128K
Memory Width
8-bit
Cost
$3,590

The success of this Compaq Portable inspired many other early IBM-compatible portables. Compaq licensed MS-DOS from Microsoft and legally reverse-engineered IBM’s BIOS software. It sold more than $150M worth of these computers in their first year.