DOS Palmtop: Targa Traveller PT30 Details and specs

Targa Traveller PT30





About this machine:

Yet another German Tidalwave clone. Targa was a brand of German Computer distributor Actebis. Interestingly Actebis bought Peacock (The other distributor of german Tidalwave clones) later on and sold Targa. Just like the peacock this was probably not a best-seller as it is quite rare today. As all German Tidalwave clones it came with localized keyboard and software.

Specs:

CPU: NEC V30 @ 7.15 MHz
Graphics: Monochrome CGA, 80 x 25 character text mode, CGA 2 color monochrome graphics mode
Display: 640 x 200 monochrome Supertwist LCD , 4 grey scales, 7.2 inch
Memory (RAM): 1 MB
ROM (Software): 1.5 MB
I/O ports: RS232 Serial (proprietary cable was included accessory), PCMCIA 1.0 Type I slot, Parallel port (proprietary cable included)
Sound: PC Speaker - Piezo
Operating System: MS-DOS 5.0
Software: MS Works 2.0, RacePen PIM (File manager, scheduler, phone book, etc), Microsoft QBasic
Size: Length 11.5 cm, Width 24.5 cm, Height 2.5 cm (4.5 inches x 9.7 inches x 1 inch)
Powered by: 2 AA batteries - rechargable or non-rechargable or AC adaptor (optional accessory), CR2032 Lithium button cell as memory backup
Weight: 590 gram (21 ounces) including 2 standard AA and CR2032 batteries
Special features: None
Released: 1992
Originally retailed for:: Unknown (A raw guess is around 600 Deutschmark)
Clone of: Tidalwave PS-1000
Similar models: Tidalwave PS-1000, Highscreen handy Organizer and all other clones

Pros:
- Fully CGA compliant, so most CGA based DOS appz and games work
- Excellent keyboard

Cons:
- No support for flash cards
- Not really the smallest Palmtop ever
- Power management is rather average
- No way to boot a different OS and no way to bypass loading the drivers for cards and keyboard

Collector Value:
6 of 10

Usage Value:
7 of 10

Verdict:
If you are not living in Germany this one is quite hard to get hold of, but you won't miss much unless you always wanted a German keyboard.


Back to the Palmtop PC index