Some time ago, one of my colleagues very kindly brought in his Psion MC 400 to let me try it out and take some photos.

Touchpad

Considering it was released in 1989, the device is well featured, even sporting a trackpad (though the absolute positioning proves somewhat confusing when you’re used to today’s laptops).

System

The OS has a ‘System’ folder giving access to all the applications. It’s not hard to see how this evolved into the silkscreen buttons of the Series 3 and Series 5 palmtops.

Psion

Another feature that made it across to the Series 3 devices was the Psion key though, disappointingly, it was replaced with the far more generic ‘Fn’ key on the Series 5.

Design

Just like the Psion key, many charming design elements of the Series 3 have their origins in the MC series of devices. The badging, colour accents, typography, and ridges in the plastic housing (seen above), can all be found in the Series 3.

SSD

The MC 400 even sported Psion’s own ‘SSD’ external media, which could be found in both a write-once flash version, and the a expensive read-write battery-backed form.