Psion Series 3

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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.
Release Date 1991
Price £179.00 (128kb) and £249.00 (256kb)
Processor  Nec V30 4.7MHz   
Ram  128 and 256 models were 
Power  Two AA, mains adapter, lithium cell back up battery   
Expansion 2 ssd slots
Size  165mm x 85mm x 22mm
Weight  265gms
Screen  240 X 80 (8 lines of 40 characters)
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 (SSD)
Sketch For drawing simple sketches
Program  Editor for writing your own programs
Our unit comes with a soft case.

Manufacturer: Psion
Date: 1991

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Psion Series 3 Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
Psion 3 Fax User Guide Psion May 1994

Psion Series 3 Articles:

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

Magazines RELATED to Psion Series 3 in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
Personal Computer World - October 1993 1 Oct 1993
Personal Computer World - February 1996 Feb 1996
Personal Computer World - November 1996 1 Nov 1996
Acorn User - January 1994 17 Jun 2009
Acorn User - January 1997 15 Jul 2009
Acorn User - January 1999 22 Jul 2009

Other Systems Related To Psion Series 3:

Item Manufacturer Date
Psion Mobile Computer MC 400 Psion September 1989
Psion Series 7 Psion 1999
Psion netBook Psion 1999

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH4020. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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