Jaap's Psion II Page

Gallery of Psion Organiser II models


Contents

2-line Consumer Models CM/XP/LA 2-line Industrial Models Organiser Internals 4-line Consumer Models LZ/LZ64 4-line Industrial Models Special Editions Branded Versions


2-line Consumer Models CM/XP/LA

The first Series II models came out in 1986, and had a 2-line display. The model CM had 8K Ram, and the model XP 16K. The XP was almost immediately upgraded to 32K Ram, and although the casing was still labelled as XP, it is often referred to as the model LA.
Versions were made in other languages, in particular French and German. Eventually a multi-lingual version was created on which you could choose which of 11 languages was used for all the menus and prompts.
One of the models shown here has slightly a different design - it does not have a metal cover all around the top but only a flat metal face plate around the screen. It also has a rubber cover over the contrast wheel. This was a later design that was probably mostly sold to industry rather than consumers.

CM
Rom version 2.4
CM
Rom version 3.3
CM
Rom version 3.3
French
XP
Rom version 2.6
LA
3x, Rom version 3.3
LA
Rom version 3.4
German
LA
4x, Rom version 3.6
LA
Rom 3.6, revised
LA Multilingual
Rom version 3.7

 

2-line Industrial Models

There are several variants produced for use in industry and retail. These variants are normally called POS (Point-Of-Sale) models. When switched on, it does not supply a menu, but instead looks on the packs for a procedure named BOOT and runs it. If no such procedure is found, it displays "PACK?" or "INSERT PACK" for a moment and then switches off. These models often have unusual keyboards.
The P250 is the POS equivalent of an XP(LA) model. The POS 200 is has a numerical keyboard, and the Alpha Pos 200 has an alphanumeric keyboard but without most symbols. The P350 is unusual in that it has 96K of RAM memory. The P296 is a version of the P350 with a numerical keyboard.

POS 200
Rom version 3.6
Alpha POS 200
Rom version 3.6
Alpha POS 200
Rom version 3.6
Marks and Spencer
P250
Rom version 3.6
POS 350
Rom version 3.8

 

Organiser Internals

Here are pictures of the internals of an organiser. This is a POS350, so it has four 32K memory chips on the main circuit board (1 ROM, 3 RAM). On CM/XP/LA versions some of these chips may be missing. Often the buzzer in the rear casing is connected to the power board with wires rather than the spring connections used here.

Psion II Organiser
Pack Slots
Psion II Organiser
Top Slot
Psion II Organiser
Battery Compartment
Psion II Organiser
Inside view
Psion II Organiser
Inside view
Psion II Organiser
Power Board, front
Psion II Organiser
Power Board, back
Psion II Organiser
Main Board, back
Psion II Organiser
Main Board, front

 

4-line Consumer Models LZ/LZ64

In 1989 Psion started producing models with a 4-line display. The model LZ had 32K Ram, and the LZ64 had 64K. It looks virtually the same as the older models, except that the screen is slightly taller.
The LZ/LZ64 were later also produced in the revised design with the flat metal face plate around the screen and rubber cover over the contrast wheel.

LZ
Rom version 4.2
LZ
Rom version 4.5
LZ
Rom 4.5, Eng/Sve/Dan
LZ
Rom 4.5, Eng/Esp/Ita
LZ
2x, Rom version 4.6
LZ64
Rom version 4.4
LZ64
Rom version 4.5
LZ64
Rom 4.6, Eng/Esp/Ita
LZ64
Rom 4.6, revised
LZ64
Contrast wheel cover

 

4-line Industrial Models

There are 4-line POS models too. The P432 is the POS version of the LZ, and the P464 the POS version of the LZ64. I don't know if these were also produced with non-standard keyboards.

POS 464
Rom version 4.6

 

Special Editions

Various special editions of the Organiser were made, to mark special occasions or for use as gifts to business relations or loyal employees. Shown here are:

Black
LZ64, Rom 4.3
Transparent
LZ64, Rom 4.6
Transparent
Rear
500,000th
Keyboard cover
500,000th

 

Branded Versions

Psion also produced branded organisers for various companies, and some companies rebranded organisers themselves. Here are more details of the organisers shown in the photos below.

As-Tec
LZ, Rom 4.6
British Telecom
P250, Rom 3.6
British Telecom
Logo close-up
British Telecom
Reverse, BT label
British Telecom
Nylon Case
Commercial Insurance Systems
LA, Rom 3.6, French
Commercial Insurance Systems
Logo close-up
Ferret Information Systems
LZ64, Rom 4.6
Ferret Information Systems
Logo close-up
Hand Held Products
LA, Rom 3.0
Hand Held Products
Logo close-up
Hand Held Products
Reverse, pack slots
Hand Held Products
64K Datapak
Kistler-Morse
LA, Rom 3.6
Kistler-Morse
Reverse
Measurement Technology Ltd.
LZ, Rom 4.6
Measurement Technology Ltd.
Reverse
Measurement Technology Ltd.
32K Datapak
Measurement Technology Ltd.
32K Datapak
Measurement Technology Ltd.
MTL611 Prog. Manual
Prudential
LA, Rom 3.6
Prudential
Logo close-up
Rabone
LA, Rom 3.3
Rabone
Reverse, Notched contrast wheel
Sclavo
Multi-lingual LA, Rom 3.7
Sclavo
Logo close-up
Sclavo
Serial number sticker
SDRP
LA, Rom 3.3
SDRP
Reverse, Belt hook
SDRP
Inside, Back plate
Uniqey
X-Ray
LZ64, Rom 4.6
X-Ray
Reverse