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While the Pentium CPU was boasted as having high level performance in heavy applications it was still pretty watered down by the aging PC-4xx platform that was largely designed for 486-based processors.  Performance is just a hair better than a similarly equipped, 486-based, [[NEC Versa M/75]].  As a result, it was overshadowed by other, later Pentium releases including NEC's own 2000/4000/6000 series laptops of the mid-late 1990's which featured better Lithium ion batteries, 32-bit CardBus slots, and larger screens capable of higher resolutions, and more powerful graphics chipsets. It also sold at a lower price point quickly, starting off around $3000 for a 8MB HC model, with prices dropping to $2500 or less by the end of 1995.
 
While the Pentium CPU was boasted as having high level performance in heavy applications it was still pretty watered down by the aging PC-4xx platform that was largely designed for 486-based processors.  Performance is just a hair better than a similarly equipped, 486-based, [[NEC Versa M/75]].  As a result, it was overshadowed by other, later Pentium releases including NEC's own 2000/4000/6000 series laptops of the mid-late 1990's which featured better Lithium ion batteries, 32-bit CardBus slots, and larger screens capable of higher resolutions, and more powerful graphics chipsets. It also sold at a lower price point quickly, starting off around $3000 for a 8MB HC model, with prices dropping to $2500 or less by the end of 1995.
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Revision as of 11:23, 3 December 2021

Description

The NEC Versa P/75 was a notebook computer based on the Intel Pentium processor. It was released sometime in early 1995 and was the last version of the original Versa line with a detachable/reversible screen. It was also the first NEC Laptop to have a Pentium Processor and SoundBlaster compatible audio with FM Synthesis.

Technical Details

The NEC Versa P/75 had similar specs to all of the previous NEC laptops in the Versa line before it. It's model# was PC-490-XXXX. See the specifications below.

  • Intel Pentium Processor at 75MHz (Special Mobile version)
  • 8MB of On-Board RAM Expandable to 40MB via 4, 8, 12, 16, 32MB proprietary memory cards
  • 1.44MB, 3.5" "VersaBay" floppy drive swappable with a second battery or other modules such as the VersaVideo TV tuner/DV Capture device or the PCMCIA Expansion module that added 2 more slots
  • 44pin IDE "VersaPak" Hard Drive Modules in 320, 540, or 810MB, possibly higher capacities later on
  • C&T 65545 1MB SVGA Video & LCD Controller
  • ESS 688 AudioDrive SoundBlaster compatible Sound with OPL3 FM Synthesis
  • 2x PCMCIA Type II 16-bit Slots functional as a single Type III, Cirrus Chipset
  • 7.2v 3800mAH NiMH "Smart Battery"
  • Standard load of MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.11 from the factory until Windows 95 came out in early-mid 1995

Just like previous generations to use this platform, it featured several user-upgradable, removable, and reversible screen options from the factory, or that could be carried over from an older NEC Versa UltraLite/E/M model.

  • 9.4" NL6448AC30-10 Active Matrix Color LCD, 640x480p resolution, on P/75C models
  • 9.4" NL8060AC24-01 Active Matrix Color LCD, 800x600p resolution, on P/75HC models
  • Later Versa P/75's were available with a 10.4" version of the screen above using an NEC NL8060AC26-02 LCD Panel

While the Pentium CPU was boasted as having high level performance in heavy applications it was still pretty watered down by the aging PC-4xx platform that was largely designed for 486-based processors. Performance is just a hair better than a similarly equipped, 486-based, NEC Versa M/75. As a result, it was overshadowed by other, later Pentium releases including NEC's own 2000/4000/6000 series laptops of the mid-late 1990's which featured better Lithium ion batteries, 32-bit CardBus slots, and larger screens capable of higher resolutions, and more powerful graphics chipsets. It also sold at a lower price point quickly, starting off around $3000 for a 8MB HC model, with prices dropping to $2500 or less by the end of 1995.

See Also