Pen Computing Issue #7

November/December 1995

Pen Lab Review

Casio DT-900

Vertical market handheld data collector

And yet another new pen product from the industrious people at Casio, where the success of US vertical market pen computer manufacturers Telxon, Symbol, and Norand apparently has not gone unnoticed. In the last issue of Pen Computing Magazine we featured Panasonic's anticipated entry into the hotly contested vertical pen market, the JT-900PT. Casio's answer is the innovative DT-9000 series of "handy terminals".
One difference is obvious right away: While the US "Big Three" offer 486-based processors and Windows capability in relatively pricey packages, Casio's dynamic duo is smaller yet (0.9 pounds with, 1.2 pounds with integrated printer), has a 14.4 MHz 8086-class processor, and feels more like a calculator than a computer. Yet, a computer it is, and a very versatile one at that. The unit is powered by a standard CR2032 Lithium Ion battery that lasts for approximately 8 hours of backlit operation (or 15,000 lines of continuous printing under normal conditions). The system measures 7.7 x 3.35 x 1.25 inches without and 9.5 x 3.35 x 1.25 inches with the fully integrated printer that can print at remarkable speeds of up to 29 lines per second without making a sound.
The DT-9000 comes in three varieties: one without printer, one with a 58mm printer and one with an 80 mm printer. The printers are not snapped on, they are an integral part of the unit. All versions have a small numerical keyboard with calculator-style keys, including a function key, and a long strap that connects to the bottom of the plastic case.
The DT-9000 has one PCMCIA Type II slot that can supply up to 350 milliamps (250 when the serial port is in use). There are also a round 9-pin and a jack-type 3-lead RS-232 connectors. The 4.5 x 2.5, 384 x 192 dot FSTN LCD screen is backlit and very readable.
Since it is designed for vertical market field use, the DT-9000 offers a variety of scanner options and also the DT-9060-IO docking station that contains a charger, a "modified ASK" infrared interface, and a miniature RS-232 connector. Casio expects the DT-9000 series to be available towards the end of 1995.