DOS Palmtop: Trac Traveler Details and specs

Trac Traveler

About this machine:

Yet another Tidalwave clone. I guess the amount of Tidalwave clones is nearly countless. At least this one is halfway branded with the product name on the Screen bezel. If you try to lookup info about TRAC you may find out about a Company in Atlanta that existed back in the days. Originally they sold cheap imported BMX bikes and in the late 1980s and early 1990 they shifted to cheap Computers and Laptops from Taiwan. They were mostly kinda importer and their Computers had a simple Branding on them. Like most companies that sold Tidalwave clones they went bankrupt.


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 included), 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 (probably about 500 USD)
Clone of: Tidalwave PS-1000
Similar models: Zeos Pocket PC, Highscreen Handy Organizer and all other clones

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

- 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:
10 of 10

Usage Value:
7 of 10

Pretty rare Tidalwave clone. Besides that fact nothing special.

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