Revised December 3, 2019 (Added new pictures – same unit)

The T5200 was a “laptop” with an amber gas plasma screen. Yes, you heard me correctly. It’s a portable computer with a beautiful orange-on-black screen, and an excellent keyboard. The T5200 has a combination lock that must be set correctly before it will open. The T5200/100 model came with a 100 MB hard drive, which was unbelievably large for a portable computer circa 1990. There was no built-in mouse and it was expected to run DOS 5.0, 6.0, or earlier versions of Windows at the time. My unit came with a complete boxed set of 10 manuals, but somehow has a Cyrix 486 processor and 12 MB of RAM. Obviously, specifications at the time would have called for a 386 with 2-4 MB. It uses a standard-sized hard drive; the T3200 and T5200 were known for coming with Connor Hard Drives which have a distinct sound. These machines cost upwards of $10,000 new.


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  1. Simon Sanders says:

    I have just found my old T5200/100 in the loft. I don’t think I’ll bother to try to fire it up. If I remember correctly. I, too, fitted a Cyrix processor upgrade. I eventually retired it in favour of a Fujistu something-or-other which I converted to a Linux dual-boot. Now I don’t bother to buy computers and rely on friends and relations getting fed up with their old machines, providing a ready supply of Linux-convertible cast-offs.

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