Zenith Minisport - Features

Features

Unique features:

  • 2" floppy disk drive (720 kB double-sided, double-density). The 2" media was very expensive, typically $80 for a box of 10 floppies. Like many other laptops, an external 3.5" floppy drive was available as an accessory.
  • Built-in FastLynx transfer software that could install itself on any other DOS computer over a serial cable without the need for any pre-existing software on the remote system. It relied on the user typing in a DOS Mode command on the other computer, which transferred control of that computer's command line to the Zenith over the serial line. The software then copied itself across, and the user could then move files. This to some extent compensated for the fact that no other computer ever used the 2" floppy disks, thus rendering floppy transfers impractical.
  • The ability to set aside some of its upper memory (typically the 384k area between 640k and 1MB) as a battery-backed RAM disk; this was relatively unique in DOS-based laptops (others, like the Toshiba T1000 also supported RAM disks). The RAM disk appeared as C: in DOS and enabled the computer to run with no spinning disks, extending battery life and increasing reliability. Contents were preserved with the power off, though using a minuscule amount of current from the main battery.
  • Later versions included an integral 20MB (Megabyte) hard disc. This was enough to run WordPerfect and associated programs, including spell-checkers and diagnostic programs.

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