Atari ensured that the
Portfolio was truly expandable, and as efficient as a
standard desktop PC. A large range of peripherals
were made available, including many third-party add-ons.
Here are some of the official Atari products for the
Possibly the most widely
used accessory in the Portfolio range were the Flash memory cards.
They required an internal battery to keep the data recorded, and could
be transferred to a PC using the optional Flash-Card reader below.
The Flash-Card reader
came with an internal ISA card, cable and reader module. This
enabled quick data transfer to and from your Portfolio to your desktop
Printing documents directly from your
Portfolio was easy with the optional Parallel Interface, which attached
to the expansion bus on the right-side of the Portfolio. A serial
(RS-232) interface was also available.
Atari launched a range of software for the
Portfolio, which included Finance, Chess, Programming (Power basic),
Spelling and File Manager. Some third-party software was also
The biggest expansion adapter was the Memory
Expander Plus. This gave you an additional 256Kb of RAM in
addition to the standard 128Kb built-into the Portfolio. It had a
pass-through connector so you could still plug in other devices such as
the Parallel Adapter (or another Memory Expander Plus), and also came
with an additional Card Slot, which acted as Drive B:, so you could copy
data from one card to another.