DOS Palmtop: PalmBook 386 Details and specs

PalmBook 386

About this machine:

This machine was also sold as "Prolinear PS-3000", "Palmbook 386", "Palmbook 3000", "Prolinear ME-386", "MiniNote 3000" and so on. Branding varied a bit. Not sure who really came up with PalmBook - was it ProLinear, was it Tidalwave or someone else? In the end they probably didn't even know themselves what the official name was. Besides that it really is an ordinary TidalWave PS-3000. There's also a "Hyundai" edition that has a plain screen bezel and a Hyundai Logo on the back of the screen. Unlike common belief Hyundai produced (and still produces) much more than just cars - they even made some nice laptops, screens and desktop PCs back in the days. Why they would just rebrand a cheap Tidalwave is beyond my understanding, but then again big companies like "Philips" and "ZEOS" fell for it...


CPU: 80386 SXLV - 25 Mhz (Super low power CPU)
Graphics: Monochrome CGA, B/W LCD (80 x 25) 16 shade grade scale
Display: 640 x 200 (Dual scan super twist) , 7.2 inch
Memory (RAM): 2 MB (Supposed to be expendable to 4MB)
ROM (Software): 2.5 MB
I/O ports: RS232 Serial, 2 x PCMCIA 2.0 Type II slot, Parallel port
Sound: PC Speaker - Piezo
Operating System: MS-DOS 5.0
Software: MS Works 2.0, RacePen PIM (File manager, scheduler, phone book, etc)
Size: Length 11.5 cm, Width 24.5 cm, Height 3.0 cm (4.6 inch x 9.5 inch x 1.25 inch)
Powered by: 4 AA batteries - rechargable or non-rechargable or AC adaptor (optional accessory), CR2032 Lithium button cell as memory backup
Weight: 640 gram - 710 gram including batteries
Special features: Internal 2400/9600 fax modem (Supposedly an option)
Released: 1992
Originally retailed for:: 995 USD
Clone of: Not a clone. However all other models based on it can be considered clones.
Similar models: Tidalwave PS-3000, Mini Note ME-386

- Fully CGA compliant, so most CGA based DOS appz and games work
- Excellent keyboard
- Finally a 386 Palmtop

- Not really the smallest Palmtop ever
- Power management is rather bad

Collector Value:
10 of 10

Usage Value:
7 of 10

Give it a usability value of 10/10 if you need a 386. Really rare.


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