|Type:||BASIC-programmable pocket computer|
This is one of the early BASIC-programmable calculators. I still
remember the day when I saw it for the first time (in a Tandy magazine,
the Radio Shack equivalent model was called the Radio Shack TRS-80 PC-1)
and still remember how utterly amazed I was that it was possible to
create a BASIC-programmable pocket calculator and actually hold it in
the Tandy shop near my highschool!
I never used this calculator myself, so I can not tell much about it. I only remember that it was not extremely fast, and that its error messages were not particularly clear.
The specific type of LCD used in the PC-1211 is leaky and will eventually become unreadable. The same thing happens to other displays of the same type (for instance the Shart EL-6200). This LCD can however be replaced. You can buy The Half-Baked Maker's replacement here (link valid 2023-01-25). Yes, when one replaces the LCD one will no longer have the original Pocket Computer and the LCD's colour is different but at least it will be functional again.
©2023 Ernst Mulder