Amstrad NC200

The NC200, was the last model of the NC series which was comprised of the NC 100 and NC 150.

The NC200, appeared in late 1993, featuring a 3.5" floppy disk drive able to read/write MS-DOS-formatted double density disks, 128 KB RAM, some extra software - most notably a spreadsheet and three Tetris-like games - and a larger, backlit screen. However, this change required much greater power use, using 5 C cell batteries. The disk drive could only be used at near full-charge, which meant that it could only be used a few hours after putting in new batteries. However, the laptop could function for considerably longer than this without using the disk drive.

The backlight can be manually toggled off to save power by pressing the Control and Caps Lock keys at the same time. It features a decent monochrome LCD screen, a Z80 processor, 128kb of RAM, a PCMCIA slot, modest networking capabilities,word processing software and a version of Basic

Amstrad Portable NC200 was introduced in October 1993 with BBC Basic and a Full-stroke 64 keys
CPU Z80 with a Custom all-in-one chip including the CPU, various I/O and memory management
RAM 128 KB
TEXT MODES 80 char x 16 lines
GRAPHIC MODES 480 x 128 pixels
SIZE / WEIGHT 29,5(W) x 21.5(D) x 3.5(H) cm. / 1.280 Kg
I/O PORTS Parallel Centronics, Serial RS-232
BUILT IN MEDIA 1 MB PCMCIA slot, 3.5'' 720 KB floppy disk drive OS BBC BASIC, word processor, diary, calculator, address book, spreadsheet, serial terminal, games in ROM POWER SUPPLY External 7.5V AC adaptor or 5 size C batteries

Our machine has a serial number of 33702217 AIuk-N and is complete with manual and power supply unit.

Date: 1993

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH18431. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


Amstrad NC200

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