Posted on September 7, 2018
Highscreen Colani BlueNote II
Following the success of the Highscreen Colani BlueNote, german retailer VOBIS launched the BlueNote II, which was more than just a minor update.
The Colani BlueNote II inherits the general appearance from its ancestor, so it arrives in the very same deep blue clam shell. Still, VOBIS didn’t just upgrade the CPU alone, but managed to put a lot of new features into this gorgeuous notebook.
When the BlueNote arrived, it came with a 486DX clocked at 33 MHz. The BlueNote II is essentially doubling this, running a DX2 at 66 MHz. The default RAM was upgraded vom 4 MiB to 8 MiB, and the harddrive was changed to a 540 MiB disk, as opposed to the initial 80 MiB and 120 MiB options.
Instead of a trackball the BlueNote II features a trackpoint in the center of the keyboard. The mouse buttons have been relocated from the upper right-hand side of the base unit to the bottom of the wristpad.
In the very same spot, where the original BlueNote featured the mouse buttons, is now the connectors and volume control for the newly integrated SoundBlaster-compatible audio card.
Taking this all into account, the BlueNote II was a more than worthy upgrade when compared to the original BlueNote.
During the mid-90s VOBIS offered its line of computers with IBMs OS/2 preinstalled, because – as rumors have it – they were tired to wait for the next 32-bit operating system to be (aka Windows 95). The MS-DOS 6/Windows 3.11 option could still be ordered if needed, however at an extra charge.
For authenticity reasons, this BlueNote II has OS/2 Warp 3.0 installed.
The PHINTAGE Collection currently holds a Highscreen Colani BlueNote II.
|Model||Highscreen Colani BlueNote II|
|Dimensions||28cm x 23cm x 5cm|
|Builtin Display||Yes, 9.5″ STN Color|
|Builtin Battery||Yes, 2 Ah|
|Power Supply||Proprietary 4-pin PSU|
|CPU||Intel 80486DX2 @ 66 MHz|
|Network Support||optional (via PCMCIA adapter)|
|Video Output||1 VGA|
|Other||1 RS232, 1 Parallel Port, 1 PS/2, 1 Dock Connector|
|Operating System||IBM OS/2 Warp 3.0|
|Restoration Parts needed||
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