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The NEC PC-8201A personal computer was introduced in March 1983 as one of the world's first-ever lightweight, battery-powered notebook computers. Four years later (1987), it was replaced by an upgraded model, the NEC PC-8300. The PC-8300 sported a number of enhancements, but NEC decided not to market it through retail outlets. Instead, the PC-8300 was only available through special Value Added Resellers (VARs).
The NEC PC-8300 was discontinued in July 1990. In the years since then, NEC has introduced numerous notebook computers. However, none have proved as enduring and as extraordinary as the NEC PC-8201A and NEC PC-8300 computers still in use today by a surprising number of people.
Note: The NEC PC-8201A and PC-8300 computers share much in common with the Radio Shack Model 100 / Model 102, the Kyocera KC-85, and the Olivetti M-10.
The NEC PC-8300 computer measure approx. 8.5" x 11" x 1". It features an excellent LCD screen (with 40 characters by 8 lines in standard mode), weigh less than 3.5 pounds, and run for 18-20 hours on four AA batteries. Built-in firmware includes a BASIC language programmer, an ASCII text editor, and telecom software for use with a serial port and/or modem.
Our machine is in excellent condition and is with a soft case. This together with the software and manuals as follow was kindly donated by Christine Arrowsmith:
NEC PC-8300 Personal Application Kit software
NEC PC-8300 User Guide
NEC PC-8300 Text Manual
NEC PC-8300 Telecom Manual
NEC PC-8300 N82-BASIC Reference Card
NEC PC-8300 Personal Application Kit Guide
Manufacturer: NEC Corporation
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