CPU: Zilog Z80
EXPANSION: SRAM PCMCIA Slot
Ports: Centronics Printer & 9 Pin
Display: 14 x 80 Low Contrast LCD
Operating System: ROM Based Interface
If you think this unit looks similar to the
Tandy WP2 you may be right!. Amstrad
Computer Co. contracted Citizen CBM Division to produce these units just as Tandy did with the WP-2. That does not
mean that they are the same machine. Quite the contrary. The Amstrad NC-100 is a different unit right down to the motherboard.
Notable differences are the lack of a Tape Recorder Interface port and an inferior display.
The NC100 shown here to the left has been upgraded here at 8bit-micro.com. The
Amstrad has a grey LCD display which for anyone over 40 (like me) is difficult to see. But
this is the only shortfall of the NC100. This unit is a great notepad computer! The SRAM
PCMCIA socket gives you ability to use any SRAM memory card allowing for upgrades up
to 1MB. The preinstalled programs include; Word Processor with British English Dictionary,
Address Book, Calculator, Clock, Diary and the BASIC programming language!.
I purchased my unit on eBay and wanted one in my collection due to it’s relation with my
favorite portable the Tandy WP2. When I found the display weak, I decided to do
something about it! I acquired ‘high contrast’ display panels and corrected the problem.
For some real enjoyment I am offering an upgrade service to anyone with the Amstrad
NC100. If you want a superior display and wish to make your Amstrad near perfect take
advantage of this service. The following are the before and after photos.
Click on each photo get a closer look
To order your display module upgrade you can ‘buy now’ from this page or visit our Online
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