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Amstrad's Sinclair PC200
was a radical departure from anything previously
produced under the Sinclair label. In effect,
it was Amstrad's attempt to tap the market at
which the QL
had been targeted - the serious user or small
businessman on a tight budget. The machine was
a severely cut-down PC with an Intel 8086 processor,
CGA video card, 512K of memory and no hard disk.
The machine came with MS-DOS 3.3 and the GEM desktop
system from Digital Research. Its memory could
be expanded to 640Kb and an Intel 8087 maths co-processor
could be added. Although two expansion slots were
provided, the design of the case meant that they
could not be housed within the machine - the top
cover had to be permanently removed. This severely
limited its expandability.
Nothing about the PC200
was original: it was simply a repackaged version
of the PC20 which Amstrad had earlier released
in the United States. The monitors which could
be used with the machine, the colour S14-CM and
monochrome S12-MM, were similarly rebadged - the
former was based on the popular Amstrad PC1640
and the latter on the Schneider (Amstrad's European
trading name) MM12 monitor for the Euro-PC. The
only peripherals produced for the machine were
a standard black Amstrad mouse and the SPJ-1
Considering that the
PC200's main rivals were the far more capable
Atari ST and Commodore Amiga, it is not surprising
that the machine was a dismal commercial failure.
Today it is extremely rare.