Panasonic is a division of Japan’s Matsushita Electric that specializes in consumer electronics. The company has made several unsuccessful attempts at establishing itself in the computer business with systems for professional and home use. Most Panasonic models were sold in Japan under the National brand with few differences.
The company was a big supporters of the MSX movement. The CF-2700 was one of the more popular MSX models. Panasonic was one of the last MSX holdouts, producing an FS-A1 series of MSX 2 systems and later an MSX 2+ system.
In the mid-1980s, Panasonic saw moderate success with several systems aimed at the professional market. Most notable were the transportable Sr. Partner Exec. Partner PCs. Reviewers gave the Sr. Partner good grades on value and PC compatibility. Examples are relatively easy to find today. The company also offered a PC AT-compatible Business Partner 286.
Panasonic JD-850M (1982, desktop)
Original Retail Price: $8,000
Base Configuration: CP/M, two 8-inch floppy disk drives, integral 12-inch monochrome CRT, keyboard/keypad
Important Options: external JK-7600 8.4MB hard disk drive
Panasonic JR-200U Personal Computer (1982, home computer)
Base Configuration: MN1800A CPU; external expansion bus; 32K RAM; 16K ROM; RGB and TV video ports; integral Chiclet-style keyboard; parallel, game speaker, and cassette ports; JR-BASIC 5.0, music synthesizer
Size/Weight: 13.65 x 8.15 x 2.2 inches, 5.5 lbs.
Important Options: RQ-8300 cassette recorder, CT-1300D color monitor, RS-232C interface, JR-U08U joysticks, JR-PO2U printer
Panasonic CF-2700 (1984, MSX home computer)
Base Configuration: 3.58MHz Z80A CPU; two ROM cartridge slots; 64K RAM; 48K ROM; TV video port; integral keyboard; parallel, cassette, and two game ports, MSX BASIC
Video: 26-line x 40-column text, 256 x 192 graphics, 16 colors
Panasonic Business Partner (1986, desktop PC)
Base Configuration: 7.16MHz 8086-2 CPU, MS-DOS, two 5.25-inch floppy disk drives, keyboard/keypad
Important Options: CGA card
Panasonic Sr. Partner (late 1983, transportable PC)
Original Retail Price: $2,495
Base Configuration: 8088 CPU, MS-DOS 2.0, one ISA slot, 128K RAM (512K max), 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, integral 9-inch monochrome CRT, RGB video port, keyboard/keypad, RS-232 and parallel ports, GW-BASIC, application suite, integral thermal printer
Video: 25-line x 132-column text, 640 x 200 graphics
Size/Weight: 18.25 x 13.2 x 8.25 inches, 28.7 lbs.
Important Options: second 5.25-inch floppy disk drive
Panasonic Exec. Partner (1985, transportable PC)
Base Configuration: 7.16MHz 8086-2 CPU, MS-DOS, expansion slot, 256K RAM (640K max), two 5.25-inch floppy disk drives, monochrome gas plasma display, integral keyboard/keypad and printer
Important Options: carrying case