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Apricot Portable

Apricot Computers is a British manufacturer of business personal computers, originally founded in 1965 as "Applied Computer Techniques" (ACT), changing its name to Apricot Computers, Ltd. in the 1980s. It was a wholly owned UK company until it was acquired in the early 1990s by the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, which hoped that Apricot would help them compete against Japanese PC manufacturers, in particular NEC which commanded over 50% of the Japanese market at the time.

The Apricot Portable was a portable computer released in 1984. It had a 3.5" floppy drive, 4.77 MHz CPU and 256 KiB RAM. It was the first computer to use an 80-column/25-line LCD and speech recognition for input/output. The speech recognition software held 4096 words, with only 64 available at a given time. It had a wireless keyboard and optional wireless mouse, which communicated with the computer using an infrared link; this was relatively new at the time.  It was originally priced at £1965.



It is a bit of a puzzle trying to get everything into the transport case.



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