In May 1983, NEC announced the PC-PR201—a compact, inexpensive Japanese language printer for personal computers.
The PC-PR201 employed a 24-pin print head, and had a printing width of 90 characters (or 136 alphanumeric/kana characters), and a printing speed of 40char/s. It was priced at less than ¥300,000. Level 2 kanji (Chinese characters) could be added with ROM as an option.
In July 1984, NEC announced the PC-PR101—the sister machine of the PC-PR201. The PC-PR101 was a small machine with a printing width of 53 characters (or 80 alphanumeric/kana characters), and had a compact floor area about 30% smaller than the PC-PR201.
In the subsequent shift to color and changes in the printing system, the "PC-PR201xx" and PC-PR101xx" names were inherited as representative models of NEC's PC serial printers.
|Printing system||Dot impact|
|Character types||Alphanumeric/kana,Kanji JIS Level 1 (level 2 available as an option)|
|Max. number of printed characters(char/line)||
|Dot pitch||1/160, both vertical and horizontal|
|Line spacing||Variable in 1/120inch units|
|Copy capability||4sheets including original|