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The Sharp PC-1500 looks somewhat like the Panasonic 1400 machine in my collection, but when you look closer there are a few very interesting differences...
The first is that it's lighter... And whereas the Panasonic uses a tray that you slide both the printer and the machine into, this one have a base with a pritner on the side.
4 x 1.5V AA cells
|Production year: 1982||OS: - Undefined -|
|Type: Pocket Computer||Processor: LH5801||Display: Internal LCD|
|Resolution: 26 characters|
The unit came with a leather carrying case for the computer, and a plastic 'case' for the base/power supply and paper rolls...
Unfortunately, there are some corrosion on one of the two circuit boards in the computer, and this has affected the printed 'flat cables' connectig the two, so I can't test it out yet...
But some facts are evident:
This will of course be updated as soon as I can power it up and test it. Then I will also add a couple of pictures.
- Storage: On ordinary cassette tapes using the connectors provided in the base.
- A socket for a module in the rear. No idea what though...
- A 2x30 pin connector on the lefthand edge. A similar connector is at the rear of the base.
(Assumes that means there are other accessories for it?)
- Screen: 1 row of 26 characters. Each a 6x8 matrix of individually accessible dots. (Yes! One line graphics!)
- It has a version of Basic...
- The Base:
- Have connectors for Cassette tapes.
- Power: 6V built in rechargeable battery (5x1.2V 500mA ni-cad),
or by the 9V external PSU.
- A 4colour printer. This printer uses 4 PENS! (Black, Red, Blue, Green)
I Have never before seen a printer this small using pens. Neat! Update: This isn't a printer, but a plotter!
- The printer uses rolls of paper 56mm wide and 3cm thick.
- Underneath the base there are two 'sockets' to place the expansion port covers for the machine and base.
The Sharp PC-1500, except for a slightly different keyboard layout, is supposedly the same as the Tandy TRS-80 PC2.
(The Tandy was built by Sharp) The same manuals and programs should therefore be valid for both.
The slot on the rear is for memory expansion. The manual mentions a 4KB module, and there also exist a 16KB battery-backed module(PC-161) but I don't yet know if it works on the PC-1500 or is for the PC-1501 only.
Sharp PC-1500 and TRS-80 PC-2
A good source for both manuals and programs. There's even a couple of side scrolling arcade classics there,
and an explanation of how to get them over from your PC to the pocket computer using the sound card...
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