Cambridge Z88 With PC Link Kit

The Cambridge Computer Z88 was an A4-size, lightweight, portable Z80-based computer with a built-in combined word processing/spreadsheet/database application called Pipedream, along with several other apps/utilities, such as a Z80-version of BBC BASIC.

The machine was designed by Sir Clive Sinclair and released by his company Cambridge Computer in 1987 (Sir Clive having been unable to market the computer as the Sinclair Z88 after selling Sinclair Research's computer business to Amstrad in 1986).
 
The Z88 is a portable computer based on a low-power CMOS version of the popular Z80 microprocessor. It comes with 32 KB of internal pseudo-static RAM and 128 KiB of ROM containing the Operating System (called OZ), but can be expanded up to 3.5 MB of RAM, of which the contents are preserved thanks to the batteries. An integrated capacitor prevents the Z88 from losing its data for a limited amount of time while changing the batteries.

Despite the lightness of the Z88—it weighs 0.9 kg—its construction is surprisingly robust, including its membrane/chiclet keyboard which is both comfortable and almost inaudible (an optional electronic "click" can be turned on if it proves too quiet for the user's taste).

Powered by four AA batteries (giving up to 20 hours of use), the computer has three memory slots; each of which can be used for RAM expansion, removable mass storage, and proprietary program use. Since the slots use RAM, EPROM and ROM for their data transfer, the transfer speeds are usually very high. Although RAM cards of up to 1 MB capacity were available, they were expensive. Most users used one or two 128 KB cards.

Though the SuperTwist LCD display has only eight lines, it is clear and surprisingly effective. In Pipedream, a miniature view of a whole page appears to the right of the display, giving a good feel for the overall layout, and compensating for the inevitable "letterbox" effect.

Our model is in excellent condition with the original box and manual, this pack includes the software and hardware to link the Z88 to a PC

Manufacturer: Sinclair
Date: 1988

Cambridge Z88 With PC Link Kit Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
Z88 User Guide First Edition Cambridge Computers 1987
Z88 User Guide Second Edition Cambridge Computers 1987

Magazines RELATED to Cambridge Z88 With PC Link Kit in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
The Micro User - February 1988 - Vol 5 No 12 Database Publications Ltd Feb 1987
Personal Computer World - March 1987 1 Mar 1987
Practical Computing - May 1987 May 1987
Personal Computer World - September 1987 1 Sep 1987
The Micro User - January 1988 - Vol 5 No 11 Database Publications Ltd Jan 1988
The Micro User - March 1988 - Vol 6 No 1 Database Publications Ltd Mar 1988
The Micro User - April 1988 - Vol 6 No 2 Database Publications Ltd Apr 1988
The Micro User - June 1988 - Vol 6 No 4 Database Publications Ltd Jun 1988
The Micro User - July 1988 - Vol 6 No 5 Database Publications Ltd Jul 1988
The Micro User - August 1988 - Vol 6 No 6 Database Publications Ltd Aug 1988
The Micro User - September 1988 - Vol 6 No 7 Database Publications Ltd Sep 1988
The Micro User - October 1988 - Vol 6 No 8 Database Publications Ltd Oct 1988
The Micro User - November 1988 - Vol 6 No 9 Database Publications Ltd Nov 1988
The Micro User - December 1988 - Vol 6 No 10 Database Publications Ltd Dec 1988
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Personal Computer World - February 1989 1 Feb 1989
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PCW Focus - August 1989 1 Aug 1989
Personal Computer World - October 1989 Oct 1989
Personal Computer World - November 1989 1 Nov 1989
Personal Computer World - December 1989 1 Dec 1989
Acorn User - July 1994 1994
Acorn User - January 1988 25 Mar 2009
Acorn User - November 1988 27 May 2009
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Acorn User - February 1989 27 May 2009

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH47467. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

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