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PX 8 / HC-88 / Geneva

The PX-8 was the successor of the PX-4 and HX-20. The main improvement was a twice bigger flip-up LCD screen.

It was sold with four cartridges which could be added to the base of the unit: a BASIC Programming Language, CardBox Plus, a diary for 400 names and addresss, Calc, a spreadsheet and WordStar the well known word processor. A double 5.25" floppy drive was available, and an Epson developed stand alone 3.5" floppy drive.

The PX-8 was designed to be compatible with CP/M programs but these may need some modifications due to the display system. Actually, 8 lines of 80 characters were shown at any one time, but the display could be scrolled through up to 48 lines.
It may also act as a terminal for other computers.

The PX-8 was sold as HC-88 in Japan and Geneva in the USA.

NAME  PX 8 / HC-88 / Geneva
TYPE  Portable
YEAR  1984
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Microsoft Basic
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke 72 key with function keys and cursor keys
CPU  Zilog Z80 (+ Hitachi 6301 for I/O)
SPEED  2.45 MHz (Z80) / 614 KHz (6301)
RAM  64 KB (up to 184 KB)
ROM  32 KB
TEXT MODES  8 lines of 80 characters
GRAPHIC MODES  480 x 64 dots
COLORS  LCD monochrome display
SOUND  beeper - Volume control
SIZE / WEIGHT  29.7 (W) x 21.6 (D) x 4.6 (H) cm (A4 size) / 1.8 Kg
I/O PORTS  RS232, bar code reader, bus, ADC, cartridge, analog in (2)
BUILT IN MEDIA  small tape recorder
OS  CP/M 80
POWER SUPPLY  External 6V. AC adaptor and rechargeable Ni-cad battery
PERIPHERALS  64 KB or 128 KB Memory expansion units, 3.5'' and 5.25'' FDD units
PRICE  £798
1990 FF (France, january 1988)

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