Psion Series 3A

The Psion 3 range of personal digital assistants were made by Psion PLC. The four main variants are the Psion 3 (1991), the Psion 3a (1993), the Psion 3c (1996), and the Psion 3mx (1998), all sized 165 x 85 x 22 mm. In addition, a Psion 3a variant with factory installed software for the Russian language was called a Psion 3aR, and Acorn Computers sold a rebadged version of the Psion 3 and 3a marketed as the Acorn Pocket Book and Acorn Pocket Book II.
 
The Psion 3 models were a major advance on the Psion Organiser. They had an original way of managing files: the available program icons are shown in a horizontal line and the associated files drop down beneath them.
 
Manufacture of Psion 3s was discontinued in 1998 shortly after the launch of the Psion Series 5 (a Psion 4 does not exist, due to Psion's concern of tetraphobia in their Asian markets) and the Psion Siena. Psion's industrial hardware division continue to produce handhelds running the same 16-bit operating system, some 17 years after its introduction on the Psion MC range of laptops and 5 years after Psion Computer's final 32-bit EPOC PDA was released.
 
Software was available for the PC called PSI Win that allowed the transfer of data to and from the Psion Organiser.
 
Manufacturer: Psion PLC
Type: PDA
Retail availability: 1993
Media: Psion Solid State Disks
Operating system: SIBO
Power: 2 AA battery
CPU: NEC V30H @ 7.68MHz
Display: 480 160 monochrome LCD
Input: QWERTY keyboard
Connectivity: Serial, 19200 bit/s RS-232C
 
Our unit with a soft case together with manuals etc was very kindly donated by Mr Phillip Gardiner

Manufacturer: Psion
Date: 1993

Psion Series 3A Articles:

Item Manufacturer Date
Memories - Using the Psion Organizer 1992 to 2004

Magazines RELATED to Psion Series 3A in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
Personal Computer World - October 1993 01-10-1993
Personal Computer World - February 1996 February 1996
Acorn User - January 1994 17-06-2009

Other Systems Related To Psion Series 3A:

Item Manufacturer Date
Psion Organiser II XP Psion 1986
Psion Organiser 1 Psion 1986
Psion Organiser II XP Psion 1986
Psion Organiser II CM Psion 1st January 1986
Psion Organiser II LZ64 Psion 1989
Psion MC200 Psion 1989
Psion Organiser II LZ Psion 1st January 1989
Psion Mobile Computer MC 400 Psion September 1989
Psion Series 3 Psion 1991
Psion Organiser HC120 Psion 1st January 1991
Psion HC100 Starter Kit Psion March 1991
Psion HC110 Starter Kit Psion March 1991
Psion Siena 512K Psion 1996
Psion Series 3C Psion 1996
Psion Series 5 Psion 1997
Psion Series 5 Special Edition (Green) Psion 1997
Psion Series 3mx Psion 1998
Psion Revo Psion 1999
Psion Series 7 Psion 1999
Psion netBook Psion 1999
Psion Series 5mx Psion 1999
Psion Revo Plus Psion September 2000

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH3485. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

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