The PC Poqet is a very small IBM PC-compatible notebook, introduced in 1989 by Poqet Computer Corporation for $ 2,000. The computer was abandoned after Fujitsu Ltd. bought Poqet Computer Corp. It was the first IBM compatible PC subnotebook note format computer that ran MS-DOS. The Poqet PC is powered by two AA batteries. Through the use of aggressive power management, which includes shutting down the processor between strikes, the batteries can power the computer for a period of time ranging from a few weeks to a few months, depending on usage. The computer also uses an “instant” function, so that after turning it off, it can be reused immediately without having to perform a complete boot sequence. The Poqet PC is comparable to HP 95LX / HP 100LX / HP 200LX computers and Atari Portfolio handhelds.
Three variants were produced. The PC Poqet was the first to be introduced and the Poqet PC Prime followed soon after. (The original version was later renamed the PC Poet “Classic”). Several years later, the Poqet PC Plus was introduced. The main difference between the PC Classic Poqet and the Prime was the expansion of RAM from 512 to 640 KB and improved power management features.
Several years after the Poqet Prime and Classic, and some time after the acquisition of Poqet Computer Corp. by Fujitsu, the new Poqet PC Plus has been introduced. The Poqet PC Plus had significant differences from the Classic and Prime models, some better than others. It has a smaller rechargeable battery than the upgraded “Classic” PC Card Slots that now support more PC Cards, Transflective Backlit LCD and 2 MB RAM (640 KB DOS, 64 KB). shadow and 1 to 1344 KB for a RAM disk). The Poqet’s “Classic” LCD screen did not have a backlight and was more prone to breaking than the Poqet Plus PC. It also only took SRAM Type I, Release 1.0 cards, as opposed to Type II cards and Release 2.0 cards, including Flash, SRAM, and some modem cards. Plus also had more memory. Despite many improvements, the Plus also has its disadvantages. The Poqet PC Plus was considerably bigger and heavier than its predecessors. It weighed about as opposed to the classic. It also has a very strange miniature 26-pin serial connector for which there is no adapter currently available. However, many external floppy disk drives and Toshiba dongles used this same JAE connector. An amateur radio enthusiast who uses a Poqet has found a way to make an appropriate adapter. And as Bryan Mason says on his Poqet website, only the “PNB Samantha” modem, the 14.4 kbps Megahertz modem with XJACK and the Paradyne KeepInTouch AT & T system are not compatible with PCMCIA version 2.0. 14.4 kbit / s modems will work, and not all CompactFlash cards will work in the Poqet, but users have noticed that many machines do not work with the new CF cards.
The PC Poqet was one of the first subnotebooks to exist on the market, and is still one of the smallest, although it is beaten by the HP 200LX. PC Magazine has awarded PC Poqet’s development team (Ian Cullimore, John Fairbanks, Leroy Harper, Shinpei Ichikawa, Stav Prodromou) the coveted Technical Excellence Award for 1989. The World Called “One of the 50 Greatest Gadgets of the last 50 years “had a very short life span, starting in 1989-1994 only. After the purchase of Poqet by Fujitsu, Poqet was soon removed. For a short time, the value of Poqet decreased, with the appearance of Windows CE. A similar drop in HP 200LX demand also occurred after the introduction of HP Windows CE machines. However, despite the power of the new machines, their operating system soon proved ineffective. Poets and HP ‘LX’ DOS machines have become in high demand, and recently an HP 200LX sold for $ 182 on eBay. Poets are also in high demand, but they get prices a little lower. A company in Cherry Hill, NJ, Disks ‘n’ Data, once owned a stock of Classics and Pluses. As store owner Jerry Tessler says, “I sold them all in twenty minutes. Unlike Windows CE, running DOS in near-standard specifications meant that everything from Lotus 1-2-3 to Zork worked as expected.