Personal Computer Museum, Canada's Videogame Museum

TRS-80 Pocket Computer PC-2

TRS-80 Pocket Computer PC-2

Speed1.3 MHz
Memory2 KB

What's this?

Tandy/Radio Shack

Release Date: 1/1/1982
Manufacturer: Tandy/Radio Shack
Original Retail Price:
Adjusted Inflation Price:
$279.95
$692.70*
 
Donated By: SaskTel
 
This little gem is actually the same as the Sharp PC-1500. The term "personal computer" now takes on a new meaning! Here is a system that's so compact you can take it anywhere, yet it's as powerful as as many full-size microcomputers! It's ideal for engineers, students, business people ... anyone with problems to solve on-the-go.

It also contains Extended BASIC. This exceptionally powerful programming language has 42 different statements, with 34 built-in functions. It permits two-dimension arrays for both numeric and character data. It can process character strings of variable length to a maximum size of 80 characters.

A brochure of some of the software is available.

 

This computer is currently interactive in the Museum.
 

User Comments
David Wayne Hurd on Saturday, January 12, 2013
I too bought a PC2 shortly after they came out. Also have two printer interfaces and the RS-232 module. Although I still have it, and it seems to work, 3 of the keys B, G & T result in a keypress of N, H & Y. I disassembled it to find that the foam inside has dissolved into a goo. At some point, I want to get some circuit board cleaner and see if the goo will come off the board and maybe the keys will work again.
Stephen Young on Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I bought a PC2 not too long after they came out, along with the little 4 color (!) pen plotter/cassette interface, and shortly thereafter I was on my way to Australia. Another thing I had bought before the trip was a small solar panel and I ended up sitting on Ellis Beach, on the East Coast of Australia, running the PC2 from the Sun, programming little games to the sound of the waves. It was the highest of tech and it was the lowest of tech. I ended up selling it to a pair of guys running both a Youth Hostel and a programming company in Sidney. I shipped them the plotter once I was back in Canada. I returned to Australia years later but could not track the guys back, one had moved on without leaving an address, the other one got murdered in Indonesia, god knows was happened to the PC2...
Ron on Saturday, April 11, 2009
Back in the 1990s, I wrote a program on my PC-2 to calculate payroll taxes for my small business. It had just enough room to implement the US and State tax formulas. I input the hours worked and hourly wage, and then one line at a time, it output the federal, state, and social security amounts. I also wrote a BASIC renumber program, which reset the line numbers of all the programs in the computer, including the running renumber program. This was possible because the BASIC allowed GOTO and GOSUB to a label as well as a line number. My PC-2 still runs today. Since it has a 1.3 mhz processor, if I put it near an AM radio and tune in 1300 on the radio, I can "hear" the computer through the radio.
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