In October 1998 NEC rolled out the Bungo JX-A500 with a V830 high-speed CPU that aimed to create a better user experience. The JX-A300 followed in November 1998 and the JX-A200 in January 1999.
The JX-A500 had an internal 56 kbps high-speed modem for seamless Internet access. The JX-A500 and JX-A300 featured a 12.1-inch LCD screen and the JX-A200 a 10.4-inch LCD screen for easy-to-read displays.
- The three models had the following features.
- （1）JX-A500 / JX-A300: The 12.1-inch color LCD screen made editing much easier because it could display text at larger sizes and images in more attractive colors.
- （2）JX-A500: The message side of two postcards could be printed simultaneously when a high-grade color inked ribbon was used. All models were able to make quick and attractive prints even when printing large volumes of greeting cards or other media.
- （3）The internal 56 kbps modem gave seamless access to the Internet and other network communications.
- （4）To handle the new seven-digit postal codes, place names could be looked up by postal code and postal codes by place name, and all five-digit postal codes in the address book could be automatically updated to seven-digit postal codes in one step.
- （5）The printers could reproduce postcards or color copies in full color at 800 dpi, double the previous resolution, when using a high-grade color inked ribbon. The JX-A200’s maximum resolution was 400 dpi.
- （6）The JX-A500 could fax documents created with the Japanese word processor as well as documents scanned with the internal scanner. It could receive faxes too.
- （7） Users of the JX-A500 could make or receive phone calls while using the word processor thanks to the built-in microphone and speakers. The pocket pager function converted katakana input to numbers for pocket pager messages.
|Introduced||October 1998||November 1998||January 1999|
|Display device||Monitor||Backlit, color LCD monitor (STN)
JX-A500, JX-A300: 640 x 480 pixels, 184 x 245 mm (12.1-inch)
JX-A200: 640 x 480 pixels, 158 x 211 mm (10.4-inch)
|Horizontal text||40 Japanese characters x 19 lines (20 x 16 dots, standard display)
80 Japanese characters x 38 lines (10 x 8 dots, condensed display)
20 Japanese characters x 9 lines (40 x 32 dots, expanded display)
|Vertical text||25 Japanese characters x 30 lines (20 x 16 dots, standard display)
50 Japanese characters x 60 lines (10 x 8 dots, condensed display)
12 Japanese characters x 15 lines (40 x 32 dots, expanded display)
|Entry devices||Keyboard||JIS standard layout (alphanumeric and kana)|
|Entry modes||JIS input, alphanumeric input, radical input, JIS code, numeric keypad input, symbol input, extended character input|
|Conversion methods||AI conversion, clause-level conversion (200 characters / 40 clauses), convert all (clause conversion), kana-kanji conversion, etc.|
JX-A500: ~635,000 words
JX-A300 / JX-A200: ~545,000 words
~320,000 candidate words
Storable (~3000 words: two-character word: three-character reading)
|Word management||1990 JIS standard characters|
|Extended characters||10 characters (basic)
104 characters (system extended characters)
JX-A500: 93 types (number of sample characters)
JX-A300: 77 types (number of sample characters)
JX-A200: no sample characters
|Number of characters||
JX-A500 / JX-A300: Mincho, Gothic, Maru Gothic, Mouhitsu, Kyokasho, Pop: 7,382 characters JX-A200: Mincho, Gothic, Mouhitsu: 7,382 characters
|160-dot multi-line printer
JX-A500 / JX-A300: 225 characters/second (when line spacing set to 53 dots and character spacing set to 0)
JX-A200: 233 characters/second (when line spacing set to 53 dots and character spacing set to 0)
Prepaid postcard to B4 widths
|Printing device||External dimensions [mm]
|384 x 398 x 97 (w x d x h)|
56 W max., 23 W, standby/td>
|378 x 399 x 95 (w x d x h)
47 W max., 18 W, standby
|345 x 336 x 73 (w x d x h)
52 W max., 10 W, standby