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IBM Portable PC

See below for specifications and information on this system.

Specifications and information

Key Dates: Announced February 1984
Discontinued April 1986
Original Price: $2900
CPU: Intel 8088, 4.77 MHz
Memory: 256K, expandable to 640K; 40K ROM
Operating System: IBM PC-DOS (Microsoft MS-DOS)
Input/Output: Half-height 360K DSDD floppy disk drive (second drive optional); detachable 83-key keyboard on 30" coiled cable; built-in 9" amber monochrome CGA monitor; serial port
Bus: IBM PC bus
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Items Needed: Documentation

The IBM Portable PC was literally that - a portable version of the IBM PC. It has the actual IBM PC motherboard housed in a luggable case with built-in monitor and floppy drives. It competed poorly with the Compaq which had been on the market a year before the Portable PC's launch. Despite the inevitable comparisons with the competition, the Portable PC is solidly built and has excellent display and keyboard quality.

It was discontinued simultaneously with the announcement of the IBM PC Convertible.

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