Donor: Si Dunn
Location: Williamsburg, VA
If you could improve the Tandy
Model 100, what would you do? I would like a full
screen, better cursor keys, a real word processor, some
sort of spreadsheet, a better telecom program, and a real
operating system that would still let me just choose a
file name and have it load it up in the correct
application. If I had all this, I would have an NEC
PC-8500. The screen is a full 80 x 25 characters. It's
also razor shart for a passive LCD. The screen pivots to
any angle, and stays there once set. It has the same
great cursor keys as the Daewoo
IQ-1000, showing their common Korean heritage. Burned
into ROM is a version of WordStar, along with nice
spreadsheet and telecom programs. (The telecom program
even does X-modem.) All this and the darn thing runs
CP/M! It has 64K RAM, 32K for CP/M and 32K for a RAMdisk.
And if you don't like CP/M (seek help, now) you can still
just cursor to the file name and hit enter, just like on
a Model 100.
There are only two real drawbacks:
- The battery life is shorter, 20 hours vs. 40
hours for a Model 100.
- It uses 4 C-cell batteries, rather than the AA
size in the Model 100.
- It's about twice as thick.
So there are a few trade-offs, but for my money, the
PC-8500 is now my laptop of choice. (Until I buy an Apple
eMate 300, that is.)
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