Compaq Portable III

The Compaq Portable III is a PC/AT-compatible computer released by Compaq Computer Corporation in 1987.

It was advertised as being much smaller and lighter than the previous portable x86-PCs, however it was still quite large by today's standards.

Three models were announced at release. The Model 1 had a list price of 3999 USD and was equipped with a 12 MHz Intel 80286, 640 KB RAM, 1.2 MB 5.25" floppy, and a 10" amber colored gas-plasma display. Other options included the Model 20 at 4999 USD which added a 20 MB hard disk, or 5799 USD for the Model 40 with the upgraded 40 MB hard disk. There was also an optional ISA Expansion chassis allowed for 2 full length 16-bit ISA add-in cards for 199 USD. Power is supplied using a mains electricity outlet, no battery exists.

Catalog type
Portable computer
Release Date
February 1987
Intel 80386 @ 20 Mhz
1x FDD 5,25" + 1x HDD 40MB
Operation System
MS-DOS 3.1