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What is the best BASIC Pocket Computer
05-07-2019, 08:24 PM
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RE: What is the best BASIC Pocket Computer
I was into Pocket Computers long before I got into calculators. 'Best', as always, is subjective, but here are my favorites:

For sheer options and processing power, the Sharp g850 is the best. BASIC, C, Assembler, Monitor... this thing is a really great machine. Quite a few posts about it above, so I won't go into detail, but this is a very handy machine, even today. I have a BASIC dnd stats roller on mine for rpg sessions. Great machine, and sadly, the last of an era.

What's even better is that it's completely simple to build a serial <-> usb cable for these with about $5 in parts (arduino wires and an ebay usb signal converter) which makes transferring files a snap. My only gripe is the lack of RAM expandibility.

For portability, I really like the Sharp PC-1250/Tandy PC-3 line. Tiny, but not hamstrung like some of the other small form factor BASIC computers. I quite enjoy these, even nowadays. They are probably the best compromise of all of the smaller form factor models.

The Sharp e500 and Casio VX-4 also get honorable mention.
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