Hewlett Packard 95LX
|Yes, it IS as hefty and solid as it looks.|
Introduced in 1991, this machine was reasonably powerful and high tech.
|Production year: 1991||OS: MS-DOS|
|Type: PDA||RAM: 1MB|
|Display: Internal LCD||Resolution: 40 x 16 chars|
Shall we take a little peek at the details...
What else can I say about it?
- OS: DOS 3.22 in ROM
- Expansion: A Type I/II PCMCIA slot accepting RAM cards. (Manual says it should be able to accept up to 2MB cards)
A 4pin serial port supporting only software handshaking and a Infrared port. The Infrared port can only be used to communicate with other HP 95LX computers and HP 48 calculators.
It can not talk to the HP infrared printer used with HP's range of calculators or other IR enabled devices.
- Built in software:
- Filer - A file management program. Functional and simple with a built in fileviewer.
- Datacomm - A terminal emulator. Built into ROM, there's also example scripts to log into CIX and Compuserve.
- Appointment Book - An Agenda program. Handles single appointments, daily/weekly/monthly and yearly repeats, todo items and multiple files.
- Phone book - A contacts database. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like there's any customizing features.
- Memo - A simple text editor. Note that any custom settings added when you work on one file, like setting the TAB stopts, will also be used on any other file.
- Lotus 123 - You all know what this is, right? Just the best Spreadsheet program for DOS ever!
- Calculator - You all know what this is... Just remember to brush up on Reverse polish notation. HP has some pretty good 'solver' functions... Anyone who knows HP's financial calculators or the HP 48 will instantly feel at home. Solver functions can be saved in files for reuse.
I compared it with my Psion S3a, and found that it was 4mm thicker and much lumpier. My S3a fits comfortably in an inside pocket on most jackets, the HP does not.
The keys are reasonably good, but could have been bigger. The Infrared port is nice, but mostly useless.
Using DOS means that there's a lot of readily available programs, but the quarter size screen will cause badly behaved programs to crash. Also, if you run a DOS program, instead of a program built for the 95LX, you'll have to close all other programs first.
You must also configure manually how much of memory that is used for the C: RAM DISK, and how much is used to run programs.
The serial cable and connectivity programs is extra...
Conclusion? If you need a simple, reliable computer for calendar, short notes, spreadsheets, and a decent calculator, then these are still good value for the money.
(If you carry a bag or something to put it in that is :-)
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