ZEOS Contenda – SubNotebook Pioneer

YEAR: 1991



ZEOS (ZEOS International, Ltd.) was a PC manufacturer based in MinneapolisMinnesota. Originally based in New Brighton, Minnesota, and founded by Gregory E. Herrick, the company incorporated in Minnesota in 1981.

Among other notable firsts, ZEOS Contenda was one of the first notebook computers to be known as a SUBNOTEBOOK.  The quality build and the features integrated are incredible for its size. Another interesting fact about this extinct company is that they offered a 24/7 toll-free technical support for all its products which was a big deal at the time.

Intel 386SL 25Mhz CPU (SL = low power for portable)
7.4″ 640×480 LCD
Only 9.7″ x 6.1″ and 3.8lbs \1.65 kg, super tiny and light-weight for its day, even for 2018.

I got this computer from a friend of mine from Bucharest. The computer needs an 80MB Toshiba HDD and that is all that the system will recognize. I had tried a lot of different HDD brands and also an IDE to SD adapter but still no luck to boot it up. Any tips would be appreciated.


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