Psion MC200

In 1989 Psion expanded their range, previously based around variants of an 8-bit handheld computer called the Organiser, into full size laptops. The Organiser had proven to be very versatile within business, becoming the standard tool of British Telecom, Marks & Spencer and many other businesses, with barcode readers, interfaces for printers and measurement devices, and robust construction with solid-state storage. This reliance, and expertise, with solid-state storage led Psion to develop a 16-bit laptop range with no 'soft' storage options. The 80C86 based devices introduced EPOC - still in development as an embedded OS and used in PDAs and computers like the Nokia 9210, Series 5 and Series 7 - though now handled by Symbian. 

Initially consisting of 3 similar systems, the MC range started with the MC200 - a 256K system with a 640 x 200 screen taking up half the space in the clamshell style top half. Unlike Psion's later PDAs, the MC had very conservative styling with the exception of the large touch-pad below the screen, and relied on good quality, especially for the keyboard and screen. The MC400 expanded the screen to 640 x 400, offering a good size display compared to contemporary machines - many of which were pure DOS and didn't offer the GUI of the MC200 and 400. 

Year September 1989
Keyboard Full-stroke 63 key + touch pad - MC-600: 10 function keys
CPU 80c86 7.68 MHz
RAM MC-200: 128 up to 256 KB
ROM 256 KB. Hold management software - MC-600 MS-DOS 3.2
Graphics 640 x 400
Screen monochrome LC-200 Blue/White
Sound: Internal speaker and microphone
Size and Weight: 31.4 (W) x 27.7 (D) x 4.9 (H) cm / 2.2 kg
Price £595 

Software includes:

Agenda For appointments & things to do, as well as birthdays and anniversaries
Data For names & addresses (or any other database use)
Time For alarms
Calc For simple & scientific calculations
World Shows a map, world times & dialling codes,
Word For writing letters & other documents, Spellchecker
Sheet For tables, spreadsheets & graphs
Sketch For drawing simple sketches
Program Editor for writing your own programs

Our unit with the original packaging, Manuals, software was ery kindly donated by Chris Whytehead.

Manufacturer: Psion
Date: 1989

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH19083. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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