【NEC】 BungoJX-A500,BungoJX-A300,BungoJX-A200

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.
  JX-A500 JX-A300 JX-A200
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.

Word management

JX-A500: ~635,000 words
JX-A300 / JX-A200: ~545,000 words
~130,000 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
Printing device Printer
   Paper widths
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]
Power consumption
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