The PX-8 did not have any internal disk drive, and instead allowed either memory to be partitioned into application memory and a RAM disk, or an external 64 KB or
128 KB RAM disk module to be attached(as our moxel); the RAM disk module also had a backup battery for the RAM disk and an additional ROM (64 KB version
only) cartridge slot. Data can be saved onto the built-in micro cassette tape drive.
The PX-8 had an 80 column by 8 line LCD display, which was monochromatic and non-backlit. It used an internal nickel-cadmium battery, and had a battery life in
the range of 6-8 hours when using word-processing software.
Small ROM modules can be installed in the bottom of the unit which can including Wordstar, Supercalc, dBase II, and others. These ROM appear as drives to the
operating system, and are accessed as such.
Price: US $995
Weight: 5 lbs, 2.3kg
CPU: Z-80 @ 2.45MHz
RAM: 64K, 128K max
Display: 80 X 8 text LCD, 480 X 64 graphics
Storage micro tape-drive
Ports: RS-232, serial
Audio in/out, bar code
OS: CP/M 2.2 in ROM
Processor CMOS Z80
Speed 4 MHz
Storage Built-in micro cassette, Optional external 3.5 floppy drive, optional "RAM disk"
Expansion Add-ons for RAM disk, modem, printer, etc.
Bus Proprietary "serial" bus
Video 480x64 pixel LCD screen (built-in)
I/O RS-232, Serial (bus), Parallel
Our machine was kjindly donated by Peter Martin
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