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NEC Versa V/75

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Description

The NEC Versa V/75 is a PC compatible notebook based on the Intel 80486 processor, released by NEC Technologies in 1994 as the third in a series of non-detachable screen "Value" based Versa machines that included the V/50 and possibly even a 40MHz V/40 model. It's roughly identical to the NEC Versa 75E except the lack of a detachable screen, and slightly different circuitry inside.

Technical Details

The Versa V/75 was released in mid-late 1994 as model# PC-720-XXXX, and retailed for between $1500-$3000 depending on configuration. Specifications are as follows...

  • Intel 80486 DX4 75MHz CPU (SL Technology standard on DX4)
  • 4MB of Memory Standard, expandable up to 20MB with 4, 8, 12, or 16MB Proprietary RAM cards
  • 2x PCMCIA Type II 16-bit Expansion Slots, also usable as a single Type III slot
  • 83 Key Keyboard & "VersaTrak" Trackball
  • 1.44MB 3.5" Removable Floppy Disk Drive - "VersaBay"
  • Standard Pre-M/P series Versa Bays allowing for removing Floppy Drive for an extra battery
  • WD 90C24 1MB SVGA Graphics Chipset and LCD Controller
  • 2.5" 44pin IDE "VersaPak" Hard Drive Modules in 250, 320, or 540MB capacities
  • Internal Speaker Sound
  • One of two non-removable LCD Options
    • A 9.4" Kyocera DTSN LCD Panel on the V/75D with contrast and brightness
    • A 9.4" NL6448AC30-10 Active Matrix Color display panel on the V/75C with a single contrast control

The V/75 was likely the last version of the NEC Versa to use the non-smart batteries and older-style removable floppy drive. It may have continued to be produced as late as 1996 given advertisements for the V-series ran all through 1995. The V-series was directly replaced by the DX4-based Versa 2000 models in late 1995/early 1996.

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