NC 100

Name:NC 100thumb
Type:Portable computer
RAM:64 Kb
Video RAM:
Available from:August 1992
Available to:
StorageInternal battery backed RAM
CPU:Zilog Z80, 4MHz
Display:Text LCD - 80 columns x 8 rows
Text modes:
Graphics resolution:
Polyphony (voices):
Interfaces:RS232 (Serial), Parallel port, JEIDA/PCMCIA slot.
Operating System:
Embedded language:BBC BASIC
Other languages:
Power supply:4 x AA batteries or 7.5v External PSU
Dimensions (cm):29.5 x 21 x 2.8
Weight (Kg):1
Cost (£):199.00

The NC 100 was easy to use and featured a number of built in apps.

  • ProText word processor
  • Calculator
  • Diary
  • Clock
  • Address book

The apps were accessed by pressing the yellow "Function" key and the relevant coloured key.  The function + key combination was also used to access other features:

  • Function + N - Start a new document;
  • Function + L - List stored documents;
  • Function + P - Print a document;
  • Function + D - Go straight to address book;
  • Function + C - Go straight to calendar;
  • Function + T - Go straight to time manager;
  • Function + A - Set alarm;
  • Function + Z - Set time zone;
  • Function + X - Run memory card program;
  • Function + S - Serial terminal;
  • Function + B - BBC BASIC;
  • Function + 1 - Spellchecker (when in word processor mode);
  • Function + Sercret / Menu - Access the secret area.
Sources:, Wikipedia, Colin Barnes link:NC 100
Wikipedia link:NC 100


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