Pocket computer

Sharp PC-E500S pocket computer

A pocket computer was a 1980s-era user programmable calculator-sized computer that had fewer screen lines, [1] and often fewer characters per line, than the Pocket-sized computers introduced beginning in 1989.[2]

Manufacturers included Casio, Hewlett-Packard, Sharp, Tandy/Radio Shack (selling Casio and Sharp models under their own TRS line) and many more.

The programming language was usually BASIC.

The latest Sharp pocket computer, the PC-G850V (2001) is programmable in C, BASIC, and Assembler. An important feature of pocket computers was that all programming languages were available for the device itself, not downloaded from a cross-compiler on a larger computer.

List of non-Pocket computers

The section below contains[3] machines that were several pounds in weight and briefcase size.

Cambridge ComputerZ88 (portable)
CasioAI-1000, FX-602P, FX-700P, FX-702P, FX-710P, FX-720P, FX-730P, FX-750P, FX-780P, FX-785P, FX-790P, FX-795P, FX-802P, FX-820P, FX-840P, FX-850P, FX-880P, FX-890P, PB-80, PB-100, PB-500F, PB-770, PB-1000, PB-2000, PB-5200P, Z1-GR
Elektronika / AngstremMK 85, MK-85M, MK-90, MK-95, MK-98
EpsonHX-20, HX-40, PX-4, PX-8
Fujitsu GeneralGeneral LBC-1100 ("hand held computer")
GridCompass (Laptop)
Hewlett-PackardHP-41C, HP-41CV, HP-41CX, HP-71B, HP-75C, HP-75D[4]
Hiradas TechnikaPTA-4000, PTA-4000+16
KikuichiPC-A10, PC-A2
MatsushitaNational JR-800
Nationalsee Matsushita
National Cash Register (NCR)
Nixdorf ComputerLK 3000
PanasonicRL-H1400 HHC (also sold as Quasar HK-2600TE), RL-H1800 HHC
PsionPsion Organiser
SeikoMC-2200, DF-2200
SharpPC-1100, PC-1140, PC-1150, PC-1200, PC-1201, PC-1210, PC-1211, PC-1212, PC-1245, PC-1246, PC-1246DB, PC-1246S, PC-1247, PC-1248, PC-1248DB, PC-1250, PC-1250A, PC-1251, PC-1251H, PC-1252, PC-1252H, PC-1253, PC-1253H, PC-1255, PC-1260, PC-1261, PC-1262, PC-1270, PC-1280, PC-1285, PC-1300, PC-1300S, PC-1350, PC-1360, PC-1360K, PC-1365, PC-1365K, PC-1401, PC-1402, PC-1403, PC-1403H, PC-1404G, PC-1405G, PC-1415G, PC-1416G, PC-1417G, PC-1417GS, PC-1421, PC-1425, PC-1430, PC-1431, PC-1440, PC-1445, PC-1450, PC-1460, PC-1470U, PC-1475, PC-1480U, PC-1490U, PC-1490UII, PC-1500, PC-1500A, PC-1500D, PC-1501, PC-1600, PC-1600K, PC-1605, PC-1605K, PC-2500, PC-2500S, PC-5000, PC-E200, PC-E220, PC-E500, PC-E500PJ, PC-E500S, PC-E550, PC-E650, PC-G380, PC-G801, PC-G802, PC-G803, PC-G805, PC-G811, PC-G813, PC-G815, PC-G820, PC-G830, PC-G850, PC-G850S, PC-G850V, PC-G850VS, PC-U6000, PC-V510, PC-V550, PC-V930, EL-5400, EL-5500, EL-5500II, EL-5500III, EL-5510, EL-5520, EL-6300[5][6][7]
Smith CoronaPTA-632
Tandy CorporationTRS-80 Model 100, Tandy/TRS-80 Pocket Computer PC-1, PC-2, PC-3, PC-4, PC-5, PC-6, PC-7, PC-8
Texas InstrumentsTI-57, TI-58, TI-58C, TI-59, TI-74, TI-74S, TI-95, CC-40
ToshibaIHC-8000 system

List of Pocket computers


See also


  1. Some had only one line
  2. Andrew Pollack (March 26, 1981). "The Portable Computer". NYTimes.com.
  3. some
  4. www.hpmuseum.org The Museum of HP Calculators
  5. http://sharppocketcomputers.com/
  6. http://pocket.free.fr/html/sharp/sharp_e.html
  7. http://www.rskey.org/CMS/index.php/exhibit-hall/index.php/exhibit-hall/17?Sharp=ON
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