Donor: Jim Doles
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Why are CP/M machines just so cool? This is the Epson PX-8. It has a great little 80
column by 8 line screen, a great keyboard, a built-in modem, and WordStar in ROM.
But so do alot of other older laptops. What makes this guy special is the built-in
micro-cassette drive. Not only can you save programs with it, you can play back audio
tapes through the laptop. Or combine programs and audio data in a custom application,
a talking alarm, for example.
It also has a nice protection system. The screen folds down to cover the micro-cassette
drive, and a separate cover slides over the keyboard. A metal carrying handle slides out
of the front.
An add-on module, the Multi Unit 64, screws onto the bottom, providing additional
memory, PROM sockets, and a better tilt to the keyboard.
Surprisingly, the internal, rechargeable battery still holds a charge. Not for a real long
time, but for more than just a few minutes.
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