> John C. Dvorak's column in the 28 Jan 92 issue of PC Magazine
> mentions the Sharp PC-3000. It is described as "a 1-pound clone of
> the Poqet". Mr. Dvorak likes it, and recommends that everone get a
> I called Sharp electronics using the phone number in the columns,
> 800-237-4277. The operator confirned that it is expected to be a
> 1-pound machine available in thhe first quarter, and the price would
> be about $1,000. However, distribution has not yet been set up, and
> they were not able to offer me a demo at this time. They took my
> name, address, and phone number for later contact.
> I look forward to any additional information I receive on this
> machine. If anyone else is interested in it, I recommend that you,
> too, contact Sharp.
I recently visited Hong Kong. While I was there, on Jan/7 I tried out the
Sharp PC-3000 (Sharp also has a model PC-3100 but I never saw it).
Here are some details on the Sharp PC-3000 (extracted from the product
brochure printed in Nov/91):
- CPU: 80C88A at 10MHz
- Memory: PC-3000: 1 MB RAM, 1 MB ROM
PC-3100: 2 MB RAM, 1 MB ROM
- Display: FSTN B/W LCD, 640x200 pixel resolution, CGA/MDA emulation
- Keyboard: 77-key Qwerty, 12 function keys
- I/O Ports:
- serial (RS-232C),
- parallel (Centronics),
- PCMCIA 1.0 IC memory card x 2,
- expansion bus port for 3.5" FDD unit
- Dimensions: 222mm(W) x 112mm(D) x 25.4mm(H)
[ 8.8"(W) x 4.4"(D) x 1.0"(H)]
- Weight: Approx. 1.0 lb. (480g)
- Power Supply:
- AA batteries x 3,
- lithium battery x 1,
- optional AC adaptor
- Operating System: MS-DOS 3.3
- Built-in Software:
- PIM (Personal Information Management) including time, scheduling,
data management, spreadsheet.
- The PC-3000 series has built-in multilingual capability, speaking a
standard of 7 languages, including English, German, French,
Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Swedish.
- Optional parts:
- 512KB IC Memory Card (CE-301R)
- 1.44MB 3.5" FDD unit (CE-301F)
- AC adaptor (CE-301V)
- I tried out the PC-3000 at one of the stores in the Golden Shopping
Center (a mall concentrated on selling computers). The retail price
of the PC-3000 was HK$5,980 (This price was considerably lower than
that given by the Sharp showroom. I forget the price (HK$10,000?).
If you want to get the exact showroom price, call the showroom in
Hong Kong 011-852-822-9311).
- Can$1.0 = HK$6.8
- Two cables are required to connect the PC-3000 via the serial port
to a desktop PC. The price for the two cables are HK$1,000.
- Poqet versus PC-3000
- I never saw a Poqet in real life. Juding from the picture (from
PC Sources Nov/91, p.192) and data (from the PC Laptop Nov/91,
p.39), the Poqet has similar dimensions (8.8"x4.3"x9.3", 1 lb.)
but does not appear to be as sturdy as the PC-3000.
- I have read some people writing that the Poqet display is not
easy to read. From the picture shown in PC Sources, the Poqet
display does appear to be very dim. But I found the PC-3000
display to be very easy to read. May be the PC-3000 has better
display technology than the Poqet. The following paragraph is
from the PC-3000 brochure:
"These miraculous little computers make full use of Sharp's
renowned LCD technology. Wide enough to handle a
spreadsheet, the innovative black and white LCD supports
outstanding CGA/MDA text and graphics in a smaller,
lighter package. And the 640x200 pixel resolution offers
incredibly crisp, clear monochrome images."
- Both Poqet and PC-3000 use sculptured keys but with different
key arrangement. The PC-3000 arrangement is closer to that of a
PC keyboard. The HP95LX and Atari Portfolio use Chiclets-style.
Thus, require heavier touch and slower typing.
- Comparing the base system prices, the PC-3000 appears to be
cheaper. The Poqet base system has only 512KB (instead of 1MB)
of RAM, 640KB (instead of 1MB) of ROM, 1 port configured as
either serial or parallel (instead of 2 ports). The lowest Poqet
mail order price I have seen is US$935. I assume the Poqet has
the same processor as that of the PC-3000.
- I like the Sharp PC-3000 very much. However, I did not buy it
mainly because the unit was so new that peripherals such as
memory cards, 3.5" FDD were not yet available (both the retail
store that I tried the PC-3000 and the Sharp showroom in Hong
Kong did not have them. After I came back to Canada, I called
various Sharp 800 numbers and none of them has parts for the
PC-3000). The second reason I did not buy the PC-3000 was that I
would like to get the PC-3100 which has more RAM.
- When I went to Hong Kong, one thing I would like to pick up was
a Poqet at bargain price. However, during the 6-week stay in
Hong Kong, I never saw a Poqet! No one ever heard of Poqet, let
alone carrying it. There were couple stores carrying HP95LX and
the Atari Portfolio. After seeing the Sharp PC-3000, I decided
to hold off my Poqet purchase and wait for the Sharp instead. I
believe the Sharp PC-3000 beats the Poqet hands down. Of
course, the PC-3100 with more built-in RAM is even better.
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