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See below for specifications and information on this system.
Specifications and information
|CPU:||Intel 8088 @ 4.77 MHz|
|Memory:||640K (thus the "PPC-640" designation)|
|Operating System:||MS-DOS 3.3 with special Amstrad functionality|
|Display:||Monochrome LCD, CGA resolution (320x200)|
|Input/Output:||101 key keyboard, dual 720K 3.5" floppy disk drives, 2 serial ports, parallel port, external CGA monitor port, internal 2400 bps direct-connect modem|
|Power:||10 "D" cells or external 12VDC adapter|
|Weight:||22 lbs with power supply and carrying case|
|Bus:||Proprietary bus extension connector|
|Other Items in Collection:||Carrying Case|
|Items Needed:||Amstrad flavor of MS-DOS and auxiliary files for the PPC|
The Amstrad PPC-640 is one of the wackier attempts at an early MS-DOS laptop. It has an amazingly engineered "piano-hinge" folding keyboard (visible in the photo at the top of the keyboard), and a folding CGA display. It actually runs on regular "D" cell alkaline batteries. There was an optional external monitor available that also ran off the batteries. I imagine that would cost quite a bit over time.
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