The performance of a microprocessor-controlled polarograph with a pressurized mercury electrode system has been evaluated. For the technique of differential pulse polarography, the theory applying to the pressurized mercury electrode in the dropping mercury format is shown to be the same as for a conventional gravity-controlled mercury electrode system. At the short drop times used (0.2-0.4 s), faradaic distortion terms are shown to influence the shape of the observed differential pulse polarograms. A substantial decrease in sensitivity is also incurred in using these short drop times, compared with the longer ones generally employed in differential pulse polarography. Results for differential pulse anodic stripping conform to the usual expectations.