The Amstrad CPC Portable

A beautiful reimagining of The Amstrad Colour Personal Computer. Michael Wessel put a lot of care and detail into making the worlds first battery-powered all-in-one portable Amstrad CPC! From Hackaday.io:

The Amstrad CPC has always been a very compact and portable “all-in-one” machine. Alan Sugar has even been compared to Steve Jobs himself who famously demanded that the Macintosh must fit on a telephone book footprint and be portable. Setting up a CPC 464 also only requires three cable plugs from the user: monitor to the grid, power and RGB video from the monitor to the CPC, and ready to go! A datacorder (464) or disk drive (664, 6128) are also included. When I got my hands on a cost-reduced CPC 464 which has plenty of empty space and a defunct and irreparable datacorder, I couldn’t resist – I needed to make a fully self-contained, portable and extended CPC 464, including a color TFT display, 512 KB RAM expansion, Flash-ROM, disk controller with Mini HxC, and stereo amplifier that would still allow for extension cards. After ~40 hours of labor, please welcome the World’s First Amstrad CPC 464 All-In-One Portable that even runs on battery!

So my main objectives were:

  • original motherboard
  • original case and keyboard
  • add unobtrusive mods and extensions that would add the desired features
  • allow for one external CPC extension card (“MX4 Standard”)
  • add a decent pair of detachable stereo speakers

Read more and get all the details!


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