Handheld

9. The Handheld Series (1982 - 1986)

HP 75C Programmable in BASIC HP 75C
Introduced on December 1, 1982, it was a computer using the Corvallis HP version of BASIC. Contained a clock, appointments and a wide range of sounds, essentially the PDA of the times. Many add-ons were available, such as a Text Formatter, additional memory, Math pack, Data communications pack, but, most importantly, a VisiCalc pack (the first popular computer spreadsheet).
Code name: Kangaroo. Original price: $995
HP 75D HP 75D
Introduced on February 1, 1984, it was a revised version of the 75C with an extra socket for a barcode wand. Its code name, Merlin, (same as the HP 55's) was chosen because this calculator had a wand, like a wizard. Although expensive, it created a lot revenue for HP to recover the slow sales of the 75C.
Code name: Merlin. Original price: $1,095
HP 71B HP 71B
Introduced on February 1, 1984. This was a much smaller version of the 75C/D. The "B" stood for BASIC. The ENTER key was labeled ENDLINE to show that the 71B was much more than a calculator. Options included additional memory and a magnetic card reader.
Code name: Titan. Original price: $525
  82161A Thermal Printer
This was the Coconut Series' thermal printer.
Code name: Helios. Original price: $60
 
  82162A Digital Cassette Drive
This was the Coconut Series' thermal printer.
Code name: Helios. Original price: $60
 

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