The Olivetti M-10 is basically the same computer as the Tandy 100 or the NEC PC-8201. All these machines were in fact conceived by Kyocera Corporation (Japan). Thus they all have very similar characteristics.
Olivetti is well known for computers with special design, and the M-10 is not an exception. Compared to the Tandy 100 or NEC PC-8201, the M-10 is quite beautiful. The main physical difference is the LCD screen which can be tilted for user's comfort.
Just like its brothers, the M-10 was used a lot by reporters all around the world. This success was mainly due to its excellent keyboard and large battery autonomy.
The M-10 a some built-in software :
- An Extended Microsoft Basic
- A wordprocessor
- A small spreadsheet (adress files)
- An Agenda
- And a communication program.
The M10 had 4 standard RAM/ROM sockets, whereas all other Kyocera machines had specific RAM or ROM sockets.
The french model doesn't seem to have the modem built-in as it is the case for the "normal" M-10. This is maybe because any Modem sold in France had to be "agreed" by the French Post Office (!), which was a difficult task...
hello everybody , today june 06 2011 , i found in a old motorcycle garage , between old carburetors , pipes and other scrap of motors , an OLIVETTI M10 !!!!! yeaaahhh first when i see it , i dont know what i found , after that , i look careffuly at him... do''nt understand what it is ... i am motorcyclist , and a little bit computerist...and i dont know very good computers , but when i see display , i know .."this is an old stuff..." it must be keeped by me i say.. here in romania in year ''90 an old computers made by a comunist plant , it was felix icee , or HC85 , or cubZ.. from that computers i know a little basic programing .... i am very hapy now when i found this old stuff... :)))))