Whilst mucking around with the Amiga 500Plus I have needed to move
the PPC512 on more than one occasion. So I decided to pull her onto
the bench and take a look.
Both the PPC512 and PPC640 were Amstrad's attempt to make a cheap
portable computer. The problem was that the cost cutting on the
screen meant a near impossible to use display. The thing wasn't
backlit and black on dark green isn't the best. I know these
things go dull in time but the only way to see anything is with
a light pointing straight at it. That makes taking a screen pic
impossible in truth.
My PPC512 hasn't ever really worked, although last time I at least
got a ready screen or waiting, I forget. The PPC640 on the other
hand still works fine albeit with the poor display. I don't mind
the concept, I just hate anything with one of these screens.
Amstrad PPC 512 and 640 made by Amstrad in 1988. The processor is
a NEC V30 running at 8MHz. RAM is 512 and 640 to suit the model.
Runs MS-DOS 3.2 or 3.3, GEM and Q-DOS II.
Came with either one or two 3.5" floppy disks.
Battery life was about an hour [ seriously ].