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The Compaq Portable II was launched by Compaq following the success of the Compaq Portable. The system featured an 8 MHz processor and a 10 MB hard disk in a package 30% smaller and 20% lighter than previous PC model.

The general engineering idea behind this machine was to provide a cut-down IBM PC/AT clone with fewer expansion slots, a small hard disk and a floppy disc. This allowed Compaq to make the Portable II smaller and lighter without sacrificing too much specification.

Like many portable systems of the time, the keyboard attached to the front of the case and when the machine was ready for carrying, it was like a sewing machine.

The machine was supplied with 640 KB of RAM which was the maximum that could be fitted to the main board. However, RAM could be taken up to 2.1 MB by using a custom-designed expansion card.[1]

  1. http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?c=870&st=1
Compaq LTE branch
Preceded by
Compaq Portable
Compaq Portable II Followed by
Compaq Portable III

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