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Panasonic Senior Partner

Panasonic Senior Partner

Speed4.77 MHz
Memory128 KB
Hard Drive20  MB

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Release Date: 1/1/1983
Manufacturer: Panasonic
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Donated By: Datasym Systems Integrator
The very first Japanese built computer that was completely IBM PC compatible (hardware and software), the RL-H7000D model computer also has a built in thermal printer. Truly a portable office, this machine sports a 9" monochrome monitor (and can be connected to an external color monitor) and runs at 4.77 MHz. The machine shipped with 128 KB of RAM and even has an ISA expansion slot inside. Launched at $2495 US the machine was first shown in North America at COMDEX in Las Vegas. It is unknown how many were produced, but the lack of information available suggests it is a rather rare model. The 'Super' Senior Partner model that we have contains a hard disk as well, putting the price up to around $5000.00

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RG on Thursday, January 18, 2018
That Panasonic was my first computer. I bought it in Calgary in late '84 at a fire sale. The computer sales outfit had to liquidate their stock as part of their insurance claim, so I got a pristine computer in the box. It cost a surprising amount to crank the RAM up to a whopping 640K. I ran this for years with a Raven 9 pin printer/plotter, and this got my wife and I through our first two years at University. She still remembers the keyboard and thought it had the best the best touch of all those we've used on the nine computers we owned since that Panasonic. I gave it to a computer wonk friend who expressed great interest, and then promptly took it to pieces. After a botched attempt at re-assembly he had a few bits left over, and then asked if I wanted it back. The pity of it is that it was working perfectly when I gave it to him, but I had made the big step up to a mighty Packard Bell 286 with a huge 40 MB hard drive. Time marches on.
J&H on Thursday, December 17, 2015
My first job in 1986-1991 was working for a startup. My boss had one of these and used lotus 123 and word perfect on it. Those would have been early versions what ran off 1 floppy disk. I used it quite a lot writing small programs in GW basic to do some engineering calculations. His had no hard drive and the 9" green monitor was hard on the eyes. There was a soft-sided carry bag w/shoulder strap for it I recall and he would take it with on business trips. Probably put it in the carry on overheads. Bootup on the floppy was pretty slow and noisy. When he got a Compaq 386-20 with 40mb drive in around '87 the Sr Partner became more used for the lab.
Corsair ( on Wednesday, January 7, 2015
I got one of these at a surplus auction, and rehabbed it. I had to get a 5.25 floppy drive and make some DOS disks I found on the internet for this PC. The printer worked with a PRINT LPT1: Command. The hard part was finding thermal paper in the proper size. I sold it on ebay for quite a bit. The unique thing for these devices is that Panasonic was sued, and was forced to stop selling them.
Jaymz Miller on Monday, September 28, 2009
I picked up one of these at a garage sale a couple years ago for $20. It is in pristine shape and even still has the original protective shipping plastic on the handle. It is the base model with the dual floppies, but it came with a box of software and all the manuals. There were about 20 disks total, and I loaded a couple of them to make sure they worked. I was really impressed considering that it was made in 1982. Someone might get me to consider parting with it for the right price. Contact me at with "Panasonic SR Partner" as the subject if you are interested.
Hal Robinson on Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I have one of these now I am trying to rehab. Does anyone out there have parts/manuals they want to sell/get rid of? let me know.
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