Compaq Portable (Plus or Original)
The Compaq Portable was announced November 1982 and shipped in January of 1983. This was the first legally clone of the IBM PC with a fail-safe "Virgin" backward-engineered copy of the IBM ROM-BIOS (the only part of the original IBM PC 5150 that IBM controlled). In its first year, Compaq broke all corporate records for growth. Eagle PC and Columbia Data Products preceded Compaq in the game of building IBM-compatibles but did not make the cut legally or in a business sense.
Our Compaq may be a Plus model with a Rhodime 10MB fixed disk and two floppy drives but it could also be an original model but with an aftermarket hard drive and single slimline floppy replacing one of the early floppies. Know any more about Compaq, contact us!
For your interest, the dimensions of the Compaq Portable (really Luggable) standing up:
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