Hewlett Packard 700LX
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This is a weird one...
2 x 1.5V AA
CR2032 3V Backup cell
|Production year: 1995||OS: DOS|
|Type: PDA||RAM: 2MB|
|Display: Internal LCD|
And that is just the shape...
The strange slot on the top is for a Nokia 2110 GSM phone. Other than that it's supposed to be the same as the 200LX, so much of this page should be valid for that too.
But you're probably wondering about the rest...
In the front there's three leds to warn about Low Battery, Communication in progress and Scheduled Alarm.
When you open the long, thin, almost fiddly latch, you reveal a keyboard with small keys(which could have been bigger), a screen and stylish Earth and stars motif. Right below the screen is a strip marked F1 to F10.
Programs written for the 700LX will put function descriptions on the screen, directly above this strip.
Turning the machine over, we find the battery cover. On it we find a rod that swivels out to support the machine while open. (you really need it if the Nokia is attached... )
Now, lets turn it on...
The first thing that I get is a list of 'Todays item's of interest'. This list pops up the first time you turn it on each day.
After pressing enter to get rid of it, we get the list of installed programs, some of which even have [hotkeys] on the keyboard:
A quick note: The first time you start any of the programs, you get a tips screen.
It's usually quite good, but sometimes the author of the tips have tried too hard to be funny...
- [Fax] - Send and receive Faxes using the Nokia 2110 or an external modem.
- SMS - Send and receive SMS messages.
- Data Comm - A terminal emulator.
- CC: Mail - A Mail client for Lotus CC: Mail.
- [Appointments] - A quite nicely designed agenda/time planner program.
- [Phone book] - A contacts database. Allows more than one file, but unfortunately, can't access numbers stored on the 2110.
(The phone books can be accessed from the FAX and SMS programs)
- Note Taker - For general notetaking. Allows notes of up to 32KB. Is full of good tips when you open it the first time.
- MEMO - This is supposed to be a word processor. It allows some formatting of the text (size and bold/underline of text, not nearly enough from a machine built in 1996) It also have outlining built-in.
- Database - Allows user defined databases.
- [Pocket Quicken] - An accounting program. A program to synch it with a desktop machine is optional extra...
- [Lotus 123] - At one time THE spreadsheet program to use. Probably still have all the fuctions you're likely to need...
- [HP Calc] - A very advanced calculator program with Solver functions and graphic plots. Uses 123 for Backsolving...
- [Filer] - A file management tool. Also used to transfer files when connected to a desktop machine.
- Setup - Here we have fun... Here we can get a graphic display of battery status, select printer type, change the clock and lots of other things.
- C:> Dos - Sorry, but no price for guessing what this is...
- World Time - Here we set home city and checks what the clock is in another part of the world before we call someone... (Don't want to wake someone, do we?)
You can add cities that are missing, and even override predefined cities. A LOT of the phone number listings there are outdated though... (Many countries have abandoned 095 as international call prefix,
using 00 instead, and here in Norway we stopped using area codes quite some time ago... )
- System Macros - Allows you to put together often used keypresses to one long script, automating a lot of tasks. Quite handy.
- Laplink Remote - Sets up the 700LX as a laplink server. with a connection cable or IRDa connection and the Laplink Remote Access software, you can access the 700LX' Drives.
- [&... app Manager] - The graphical tast switcher.
- Stop Watch - If you need to time something...
- CC:Made - CC: Mail Automatic Directory exchange. Enables you to update local address books using update files from the Post Office Administrator.
- Hearts + bones - A Weird 'minesweeper' type game.
- Lair of Squid - some sort of labyrinth game.
Now, you're probably wondering about the hardware, right?
This machine uses the Nokia 2110 charger, and will charge the Nokia if attached. It can also optionally recharge Ni-cad's.
(Use Setup to specify, but be careful that you're NOT trying to recharge alcalines or Ni-mh cells... )
IRDa: Can print to IRDa enabled printers or connect to desktop machines.
Serial: 10pin connector at the right-hand side.
PCMCIA port: Takes SRAM, Flash and Serial cards. Must be powered down while you plug them in or out.
In the package was a small envelope with a strip of glue backed metal. It seems that the owner was supposed to get his name engraved on the metal and then stick it
in a dedicated area on the bottom of the machine. Nice, but?
Quite probably the best DOS based organiser ever made, but too lumpy to fit in a pocket(unless you have a tailor with a VERY warped sense of humour.)
Also, the machine came in late 1995(I think) and the Nokia 2110 was demoted by the Nokia 8110 in the summer of 96. The 2110 was sold a while longer,
but the advertising never advertised for the professional market again, and this machine was too expensive for anyone else.
There's also the fact that you can't copy phonebooks to and from the phone. (Limitations in the phone makes it impossible to copy more than the numbers even with third party programs, and without the names...)
So, is it anything for you?
If you need a DOS machine, then maybe. Then again, the 200LX is supposed to be the same, only without the lumpy holder...
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