Sinclair PC200

Amstrad's Sinclair PC200 was a radical departure from anything previously produced under the Sinclair label. In effect, it was Amstrad's attempt to tap the market at which the QL had been targeted - the serious user or small businessman on a tight budget. The machine was a severely cut-down PC with an Intel 8086 processor, CGA video card, 512K of memory and no hard disk. The machine came with MS-DOS 3.3 and the GEM desktop system from Digital Research. Its memory could be expanded to 640Kb and an Intel 8087 maths co-processor could be added. Although two expansion slots were provided, the design of the case meant that they could not be housed within the machine - the top cover had to be permanently removed. This severely limited its expandability.

Nothing about the PC200 was original: it was simply a repackaged version of the PC20 which Amstrad had earlier released in the United States. The monitors which could be used with the machine, the colour S14-CM and monochrome S12-MM, were similarly rebadged - the former was based on the popular Amstrad PC1640 and the latter on the Schneider (Amstrad's European trading name) MM12 monitor for the Euro-PC. The only peripherals produced for the machine were a standard black Amstrad mouse and the SPJ-1 analogue joystick.

Considering that the PC200's main rivals were the far more capable Atari ST and Commodore Amiga, it is not surprising that the machine was a dismal commercial failure. Today it is extremely rare.
YEAR   1988
BUILT IN LANGUAGE   MS-DOS, Digital Research GEM desktop, Organiser software
KEYBOARD   Full-stroke keyboard with numeric keypad (102 keys)
CPU   Intel 8086
CO-PROCESSOR   optional 8087 maths coprocessor
RAM   512 KB (up to 640 KB)
VRAM   64 KB
ROM   16 KB
TEXT MODES   40 or 80 columns x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES   320 x 200 / 640 x 200, CGA and MDA graphic modes
SOUND   beeper
I/O PORTS   Centronics, RGB, RS232, Mouse, Joystick, 8 bit ISA slots (2)
BUILT IN MEDIA   3.5'' floppy drive (720k)
PRICE   300£ (UK, 1988)
This has been very kindly donated by Kim Faulkner

Manufacturer: Sinclair
Date: 1988

Sinclair PC200 Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
Sinclair User Manual MS-DOS and GEM/3 Sinclair 1986
Sinclair Microsoft GW-BASIC User Guide Sinclair 1987

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Item Manufacturer Date
Apple User - August 1984 August 1984

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH3404. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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