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Pencil II

Soundic (Hong Kong)

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Name Pencil II
Manufacturer Soundic (Hong Kong) Type Desktop
Production start (mm-yyyy) 1983 Production end (mm-yyyy) - 1983
RAM 2Kb RAM + 16Kb VRAM ROM 20Kb
CPU Z80A - Unknown Mhz
Operating System SD-BASIC v 2.0 in cartridge
Text (Cols x Rows) 30x24
Graphics 256x192 with 16 colours
Sound 3 channels, 5 octaves and 1 noise generator
Storage memory Cassette
Serial port Parallel port
Others port
Original price   Currency original price
Units sold
Note  
Configurations This is computer was also sell under the brand of Hanimex Pencil II in Australia and France.

The BASIC are in a ROM cartridge: SD-BASIC v 2.0.

One assumes that this computer is compatible with the ColecoVision console. The port of cartridges are of the same size and form as a Colecovision cartridge. To play it, you need the "Colecovision Support" expansion into the side of the unit.

It incorporates the function "single-key-commands keys": 'frequently used commands, keywords and functions can be entered by pressing the ESC key together with the appropiate key.'

Another peculiar thing is the form of define the "user-defined function keys":
6 user-defined function keys, each capable of performing 2 user-defined functions, are available.
2 variables names are asigned to each of the F1,...,F6 keys.
The first one is fx$, where x is 1 to 6, and can be recalled by pressing the corresponding function key. The second one is FX$, and can be recalled by pressing the SHIFT key together with the corresponding function key.
Functions can be stored by using LET or implied LET statement commands. However, the string is restricted to 8 characters maximum.

EXAMPLE

    10 LET f1$="LIST ,30"
    20 LET F1$="LIST 20"
    30 END
    RUN

This last info are taken from page 44 of the manual.  
User juanvm

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