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S > SINCLAIR  > PC 200


This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the Sinclair  PC 200 computer. If you want to share your own experience or memories, or add relevant information about this system: post a message!

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Friday 25th August 2006
Christian Sculpher (Earth)

I remember being the only 'computer head' in the electrical store I worked in - I was always trying to learn EVERYTHING about the systems we sold. I remember when the PC-200 came in 2 of them - with instructions that both were to be displayed NON-FUNCTIONING - with no product information. If we sold those 2 - we would be sent more (so we had to sell the display models FIRST - an impossibility for a new product). We called head office - they had no information - just a memo saying 'show the customer the box - it contains all the information they need to know' (ie - nothing - just the price!) Eventually we got a visitor from head office - who basically told us that we had to sell them or else the product would fail. It turned out - we had the only 2 in the whole region. When he discovered that (inevitably) most of the box content had gone 'missing' (pilfered by local urchins) he threw the two machines into a bin-bag - got in his car and left - with the 2 computers! Needless to say - the whole PC200 line lasted less time than it took for our laughter to subside!

Sunday 29th September 2019
Finnish nerd (Finland)

This was my first PC (previously I owned a C64 and an Atari 800XL), I bought it on Spring 1990 in Finland for about ~2200 FIM (maybe about £250 or so). The main selling point of this computer was of course the CHEAP PRICE. Other PC models were much more expensive, even the cheapest ones were about 2-3 times more (including monitor). I didn''t have a monitor, I used my small TV set. Amiga and Atari ST were about the same price range, but this Sinclair PC200 was a REAL PC and not a "toy home computer" like the Amiga and ST.. $) It felt cool to own "a real business computer". $) Of course the Amiga and ST had some benefits over this like better build-in graphics and sound, but the PC200 had a faster CPU and a larger (especially business oriented) software library. And it was A REAL PC. $)

And I was only slightly sarcastic... I actually used the PC200 for real work like desktop publishing (on a DTP software over GEM, called "Finesse") and it performed adequately. I also played many games, and while gaming wasn''t as great in general as with the 16-bit home computers, it did have a faster CPU which allowed better frame rates in flight simulators etc., which I especially liked playing.

At some point I replaced the Siemens 8086 processor with a compatible NEC V20 processor, which increased performance about 10-20$ at the same clock speed. I also built a "Covox" parallel port D/A converter (sound card), which provided an Amiga-like sound for pennies. Not many software titles supported it, but at least I could play and compose MOD music with it.

So basically I have really fond memories of this computer, but I only owned it for 1,5 years, after which I upgraded to a 286 VGA machine. But PC200 was the machine I learned my PC basics with and it provided me a head start on the modern computing era compared to the Amiga nerds. $)

Wednesday 8th February 2017
iliasazg ($$917$$$955$$$955$$$940$$$948$$$945$)

I have one PC-200 for sale, working condition, fair look, includes S-12MM monochrome monitor.
Living in Greece, if you need more info please contact me at +30 693 9722108.
Thank you

Wednesday 8th February 2017
ELIAS AZGKINIS ($$917$$$955$$$955$$$940$$$948$$$945$)

Retro computer lover

Thursday 7th July 2016
Andre (UK-Europe)

In 1977-1989 the most dominant Data Languages used were
Cobol and RPG-2,in the IBM,UniVac,Honeywell,Various others in US $Europe

Tuesday 13rd March 2012

Actually, I remember this being advertised in the local computer magazines for quite a few months. The problem was that back then, we didn''t know what it was. Nobody knew it was an XT$ everyone confused by its looks thought it was some kind of Amiga ripoff.
Actually, if anyone''s willing to sell, I''d love one of these for my vintage computers collection. Contact me! $)

Thursday 7th April 2011
Mike Oliver (UK)

I saw one of these with a 30gb HD in the expansion slot and it worked well so bought one.

Still have it, all the cables, books and softeare - plus a compatible pin drive computer - in the attic.

Is it worth anything??

Saturday 8th January 2011

This was the very first computer I ever bought myself. It was at reduced price when I bought it (I believe the 286 was already on the market). Despite the unusual casing compared to other PC''s of the time, it was really a nice machine to play with and notably faster than my father''s Laser XT with a 8088 at 10Mhz. At some point, I started extending it with a 8087 co-processor and added memory to 640Kb for which I had ordered an electrical layout booklet from Amstrad and soldered sockets for the RAM chips in myself. Later-on, I even tried installing a 20MB harddisk drive as I got bored from swapping floppies all the time. Unfortunately, this killed it as the harddisk controller was malfunctioning...

Tuesday 2nd March 2004
My (Italy)

I think the PC-20 was the high end version
of this system, with more features built-in.
I have one of this system and I experimented
the insert of IBM cards : PC open for EVER.
Another notable characteristic is a simple
socket in the card-zone : you could insert
a 8087, but it's dangerously without protection!
I have mounted a 8087 and I locked it with
a piece of electric-scotch. I really like the GEM!

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