Zenith Z-171 Vintage Computer System Overview

Friday, May 25th, 2012

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/h4t0gvijKAA width=”440″ height=”244″]

Zenith may not have been the biggest name in computers in the 80’s, but the Z-171 is a pretty awesome machine. One of the first portable battery-powered PCs, as well as one of the first to utilize a backlit LCD display!


6 comments on “Zenith Z-171 Vintage Computer System Overview

  1. gruz says:

    This thing looks very familiar, though I have no idea where I would have ever seen one before. Cool stuff regardless, I had no idea Zenith made anything but TV sets.

  2. Gemini says:

    Oh crap, imagine trying to play Round 42 on that thing… >_>;;;
    I think the reason it’s throwing beeps at you if you hold keys too long is because of that background stuff that pulls up the calculator and scheduler and such, as it’s probably scanning the keyboard using BIOS keyboard functions. By default, the BIOS of virtually any computer beeps when too many keys are buffered.
    If you could find a way to disable that background stuff I’d bet the beeping while holding keys in certain games would go away too. ; )

  3. roarke says:

    A huge beast…I bet that the battery holds more juice than a netbooks and i don’t fully watch the whole video, yet.

  4. Tihamér says:

    Cat minding his own business while you do a review! Great hardware review as always…

  5. Kevin Dady says:

    ZDS systems were somewhat poplular here, I have had a 286 and a 486 system from them surplus from the local universities and government … guess the sales rep for this region was pretty good.

  6. Hamza Nasir says:

    Man, I have a problem, I can’t buy your shirts and other cool stuff because I’m in Pakistan and it is blocked by officials so do you have backdoor or so.
    By the way I have Batman Arkham Asylum and Arkham City game and was hoping you would want it, if you do e-mail me…

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