The Compaq LTE was a line of notebook computers made by Compaq, introduced in 1989. The first models, Compaq LTE and Compaq LTE 286, were among the first computers to be close to the size of a paper notebook, stimulating the use of the term “notebook” to describe a smaller notebook. They were also among the first to include both built-in hard drives and floppy drives, delivering performance comparable to today’s desktop machines.
The two original LTE models differed mainly in the availability of the processor; However, the 286 comes with a standard 40 MB hard drive instead of the 20 MB of the base model. Both computers weighed. They ran MS-DOS version 3.31.
The success of the original LTE series has led Compaq to apply the designation to newer models. LTE 386 has widely used flexible electronics for the interconnections of the motherboard and the motherboard. Other newer Compaq LTE computers had a pointing device in the middle of the keyboard, but the LTE Elite 486 models had a trackball mounted on the right side of the LCD. The LTE Elite series had an easily removable hard drive for data security. Beginning with LTE 386, LTE series computers were able to connect to a docking station (in some cases, powered) to act as a normal desktop computer. Later models are able to remove the floppy drive to add an internal CD-ROM drive, which was an expensive upgrade option for the late LTE series. The latest LTE laptops were the 5000 series ending with the 5400, which had a 150 MHz Pentium processor and was quite capable of running Windows 98SE. It also allowed floppy drive / exchangeable CD-ROM.
The Compaq LTE 5280, which was released in 1995, is still used in 2016 by McLaren Automotive to service the McLaren F1 supercar.