Hewlett-Packard 95LX
Introduced:April 1991
Weight:11oz / 312g
CPU:NEC V20 (80C88) @ 5.37 MHz
Display:40 x 16 text LCD
 248 x 128 graphics
StoragePCMCIA (RAM) slot
Ports:RS-232 serial
OS:MS-DOS 3.22 in ROM

It's never been easier to carry critical information with you, around the world or across the hall.

In 1991, Hewlett-Packard and Lotus joined forces to bring you the world's leading PC application, Lotus 1-2-3, in a palmtop PC.

In addition to having Lotus 1-2-3 (a text-based spreadsheet program) built-in, the HP-95LX also includes a calculator, an appointment calendar, a telecommunications program, and a simple text editor.

The optional Connectivity Pack, which includes a serial cable and a software application, allows the HP95LX to exchange data with a desktop PC. You can create schedules, phone lists and memos on your desktop PC, then transfer them to your HP-95LX for use 'in the field'.

The HP-95LX is a true palmtop - very tiny and light-weight, at 6.5 x 3.5 x 1 inches, weighing only 10 ounces. It was the most popular palmtop of its time, and is almost certainly the smallest MS-DOS computer ever.

The Atari Portfolio was realeased two years earlier, but it did not really run MS-DOS, it ran DIP-DOS, an MS-DOS clone OS.

Running MS-DOS 3.3, the Poqet PC was released in 1990, one year prior to the HP-95LX.

The Zeos Pocket PC was after the HP-95LX, in 1992. It is somewhat larger, and has Microsoft Works built in, instead of Lotus 1-2-3.

Related Links

  • hermocom.com
  • slolob.co.uk
  • HP.com
  • rskey.org
  • finseth.com
  • AtariMagazines.com
  • The HP Palmtop Paper

  • History of Hewlett-Packard Computers

    • 1972: Hewlett-Packard pioneers the era of personal computing with the first scientific hand-held calculator, the HP-35, which makes the engineer's slide rule obsolete.
    • 1973: Stephen Wozniak joins HP.
    • 1976: Steve Wozniak proposes that HP create a personal computer. He is rejected.
    • 1976: October - Steve Wozniak remains at HP, but is soon convinced that he should leave and join Apple Computer.
    • 1976: HP begins Project Capricorn, to build a computer-like calculator.
    • 1980: January - HP completes work on the Capricorn project, producing the HP-85. With a 32-character wide CRT display, small built-in printer, cassette tape recorder, and keyboard, it sold for US$3250.
    • 1980: February - HP announces that it will switch to Japanese makers of 16K RAM chips. HP had examined chips from Japan and the US, and found that chips from the best American firm had six times the failure rate of the worst Japanese producer.
    • 1982: HP introduces the HP-75C portable computer. Price is US$995.
    • 1983: June - HP introduces the HP-7475A 6-pen plotter, for US$1895.
    • 1983: October - HP unveils the HP 150 microcomputer.
    • 1984: May - HP introduces the HP 110 laptop computer.
    • 1984: HP introduces the LaserJet laser printer, featuring 300dpi resolution, for US$3,600
    • 1987: HP releases the HP PaintJet color inkjet printer
    • 1989: May - HP buys workstation maker Apollo Computer for US$476 million.
      Source: Chronology of Events in the History of Microcomputers

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