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Amstrad PPC 512D

Amstrad PPC 512D
Amstrad PPC 512D

Speed8 MHz
Memory512 KB

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Release Date: 1/1/1988
Manufacturer: Amstrad
 
With the Amstrad PPC-512 and 640, Amstrad wanted to make the cheapest portable PC compatible computer, in the same way as the Amstrad PC1512 was for desktop computers.

But, despite its pleasant form, this computer suffered due to its poor 9" LCD screen. It had one or two 3.5" 720 KB floppy drives and some versions could also be found with a 10 or 20 MB internal hard disk.

If you were tired of the poor LCD screen, you could connect a monochrome or CGA monitor to the PPC at home. The Amstrad CPC series monitors could be used too.

The differences between the PPC-512 and PPC-640 were a different colour case, a built-in modem (v21, v22, v22 bis and v23 protocols) and 640 KB RAM for the PPC-640. Both versions could run with 10 C size batteries (1 hour battery life), or with an external AC adaptor.


User Comments
Paul on Thursday, December 01, 2016
I've had mine since '88 for university and it still works! The keyboard is still great to use and I am amazed how well the software stands up against today's apps, given the vast power of modern computers. I loved the carry handle. I hated the power block - it made the shape of the bag totally incongruous.
Paul on Thursday, December 01, 2016
I've had mine since '88 for university and it still works! The keyboard is still great to use and I am amazed how well the software stands up against today's apps, given the vast power of modern computers. I loved the carry handle. I hated the power block - it made the shape of the bag totally incongruous.
Kevin on Wednesday, October 09, 2013
I bought one to write 'c' code' tons of fun compiling, taking the 3.5 FDD in and out.:-)
Kevin on Wednesday, October 09, 2013
I bought one to write 'c' code' tons of fun compiling, taking the 3.5 FDD in and out.:-)
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