DOS Subnotebook: ABC Bicom 240i Details and specs

ABC Bicom 240i

About this machine:

The ABC Bicom 240i is exactly the same as the Bicom 260i, just with a smaller HDD (40 MB instead of 60MB). The picture is from the Highscreen which is the same model just with a different branding.


CPU: AMD 80286LX @ 16MHz
Graphics: Monochrome CGA (Doublescan), 80 x 25 character text mode, CGA 2 color monochrome graphics mode
Display: 640 x 400 monochrome Supertwist LCD , 4 grey scales, 7.2 inch
Memory (RAM): 2 MB
ROM (Software): 1.5 MB
I/O ports: Full size RS232 Serial and parallel ports, PCMCIA 2.0 Type II Slot
Sound: PC Speaker - Piezo
Operating System: DR-DOS 6.0
Software: Custom PIM (Memo, calculator, scheduler, phone book, etc)
Size: Length 22.3 cm, Width 16.4 cm, Height 3.1 cm (8.8 inches x 6.4 inches x 1.2 inch)
Powered by: 5 AA batteries - rechargable or non-rechargable or AC adaptor (optional accessory), CR2032 Lithium button cell as memory backup
Weight: 997 gram (35 ounces)
Special features: 40 MB HDD
Released: 1992
Originally retailed for:: 1250 USD
Clone of: Not a clone. Smaller HDD Version of the ABC Bicom 260i
Similar models: Highscreen A5-PC, ABC Bicom 260i

- Fully CGA compliant, so most CGA based DOS appz and games work
- Excellent keyboard
- Full size Serial and parallel ports
- PCMCIA 2.0 Type II, so loads of Cards work
- 286 processor, so more Software works than on the 8086 palmtops
- Customizable boot sequence, so possible to load other operating systems
- "Dumb" charging never stops to charge the batteries, so for longer sessions with AC power remove them or risk an Explosion

- Too big for a palmtop, think of it as one of the first subnotebooks
- 286 not suitable for Windows 3.1 in enhanced mode
- Power management is among the worst ever
- One of the worst PIMs ever
- No "Instant on"/Resume Feature
- If AC Power is plugged in the batteries are not used, even if AC power suddenly fails (Blackout)
- Just CGA seems inappropriate for this size of Screen and Laptop

Collector Value:
9 of 10

Usage Value:
5 of 10

Pretty rare and not really the best model ever. Big, heavy and besides the HDD and 286 processor not really special. More flaws than features.

Extras (Drivers and utilities)

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