DOS Subnotebook: Lexmark Lexbook MB10 Details and specs

Lexmark Lexbook MB10

About this machine:

This is supposedly the same as the MB15 - just with less RAM. However, I have read about people having an MB10 with 2MB RAM, so it is a bit unclear what the difference is between the MB10 and MB15.


CPU: Chips and Technology F8680 @ 10MHz
Graphics: Monochrome CGA (Doublescan), 80 x 25 character text mode, CGA 2 color monochrome graphics mode
Display: 640 x 400 monochrome Supertwist LCD , 16 grey scales, 8.25 inch
Memory (RAM): 1.2 MB
ROM (Software): 2 MB
I/O ports: Full size RS232 Serial and parallel ports, 2 x PCMCIA 2.0 Type II Slot
Sound: PC Speaker - Piezo
Operating System: MS-DOS 5.0
Software: Ability Plus 2.15 (British office solution), Interlink
Size: Length 26 cm, Width 15.7 cm, Height 2.9 cm (10.25 inches x 6.2 inches x 1.15 inch)
Powered by: 6 AA batteries - rechargable or non-rechargable or AC adaptor (optional accessory), CR2032 Lithium button cell as memory backup
Weight: 1020 gram (36 ounces)
Special features: Disney Sound Source with earphone jack, volume control and built-in Speaker, Built-in 9600 BAUD modem, MouseKey
Released: February 1994
Originally retailed for:: 750 USD (Estimation)
Clone of: Not a clone.
Similar models: Highscreen A5-PC, ABC Bicom 260i, Lexbook MB15

- Fully CGA compliant, so most CGA based DOS appz and games work
- Excellent keyboard
- Full size Serial and parallel ports
- PCMCIA 2.0 Type II, so loads of Cards work
- 286 processor, so more Software works than on the 8086 palmtops
- Finally a sound card for you

- Too big for a palmtop, think of it as one of the first subnotebooks
- 286 not suitable for Windows 3.1 in enhanced mode
- Power management is quite okay.
- Just CGA seems inappropriate for this size of Screen and Laptop

Collector Value:
9 of 10

Usage Value:
8 of 10

Pretty rare and pretty unique. Actually one of the better subnotebook designs. Power management is quite ok - around 10 hours from the 6 batteries.

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