Zorba Portable Computer
Released:November 1982
Price:US $1,795
Weight:22 pounds
CPU:Zilog Z-80 @ 4MHz
Display:7-inch green/amber CRT, 80x24 text
Ports:2 serial, parallel, IEEE-488
Storage:two internal floppy drives
OS:CP/M 2.2

The Zorba is a portable microcomputer designed to compete with the likes of the popular 1981 Osborne 1 and 1982 Kaypro II portable computer systems.

The system was originally sold by Telcon Industries, but they were bought-out by Modcomp (Modular Computer), who then created a group called Modular Micro Group to handle the Zorba sales and marketing.

The brown case might be intended to simulate leather, but it really just gives the impression of thin and flimsy-feeling plastic. And who decided to call their new computer the Zorba?

The detached keyboard latches to the front of the system for transport, but the cable just flops around inside and scratches everything up.

Released in late November of 1982, sales were slow, and the Zorba was discontinued after just one year.

As one of the last CP/M computers on the market, the Zorba was mostly too late to the party, as CP/M was going out of style in favor of MS-DOS and the new Compaq Portable computer, which runs MS-DOS of course.

There is a review of the Zorba portable computer in the June 6, 1983 issue of InfoWorld magazine.

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