It was also, and still is, incredibly popular with journalists who loved its compactness (the size of a standard three-ring binder), exceptional battery life (about 20 hours on readily available AA batteries), ruggedness (no moving parts!), and built-in modem (with optional acoustic coupler). Another popular use, again, even today, is by hobbyists for remote monitoring, control applications and ham radio use.
The Model 100 featured a built-in version of BASIC, a simple text editor, a terminal program, and overly simplistic (to the point of being nearly useless) scheduling and address book programs. Additional software could be loaded from tape or from floppy disk (There were portable 3.5" drives, as well as a "Disk-Video Interface" which included a 5.25" drive and the ability to connect the model 100 to a television.) In addition, ROM modules could be purchased with various applications.
This is the computer that got me through college. I still use it (occasionally) to this day.
There have been a number of modern replacements -- the Alphasmart is one of the better
known ones -- but none were really worth upgrading. What I have
traded my model 100 for is a Handspring Visor Prism with a Targus Stowaway keyboard and WordSmith.
The whole shebang: m100, hard case, slip cover, disk drive, and cables
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