There were some notebooks with printers built-in,
Epson made one in 1990s with dot matrix printer. Canon is another big
printer manufacturer and they also sold a notebook with printer. This
unit has printer in detachable dock, it's a small ink-jet printer with
black cartridge. Cartridge (Type BJI-101) can be filled with ordinary
ink as for BC-02 cartridges.
The notebook, sometimes sold as Canon Compri CN-600, has powerful Pentium MMX 166MHz processor and expandable RAM. 2GB hard disk was sufficient for most applications. 800x600 TFT LCD screen was good for graphics/multimedia applications. CN-600 was a very good notebook for design and multimedia, printer made it ideal for document processing. It was possible to attach nice quality speakers indock's battery pack bay.
Canon was not good at notebooks manufacturing, so this unit is in fact only marked as Canon. The same notebook was sold as Texas Instruments Extensa 900 line. The only difference is in some connectors making TI's power supply unit not compatible with Canon notebook. The dock is Canon's work based on Extensa's "Mobile Productivity Base". It has its own expansion option but no expansions were developed for it.
|Year of unit||1997/8??|
|Year of introduction||??1996??|
|CPU||Intel Pentium MMX, 166MHz|
|RAM||72MB (16MB OnBoard)|
|Floppy Disk||Internal 3.5", 1.44MB|
|Hard Disk||2GB IDE 2.5"|
|Other media||CD-ROM in dock module.|
|Graphics and display:||800x600 SVGA TFT LCD|
|Sound:||PC Speaker, SoundBlaster-compatible card, detachable speakers.|
|Keyboard and pointing device:||Small PC keyboard with numerical
part on letter keys
Touchpad with 2 buttons.
|OS:||Windows 95 (If you have >32MB RAM I recommend Win98)|
Power supply (notebook):
1 - GND
Power supply (dock):
1 - GND
|I/O:|| - Serial port
- Parallel port
- VGA 15-pin video out
- Sound I/O jacks
- Dock connector
- 2x PCMCIA
- Network Card (RJ45) in dock module
|Possible upgrades:||Dock, battery, speakers, memory (RAM SO-DIMM).|
|Additional peripherals:|| - Additional battery
- Speakers block
- CD-ROMs with drivers
- Power supply for printer/dock unit.
|There are two CR2032 batteries in a system, one in the
notebook, one in a dock. Battery in docking station is just
under a small cover easily removable by user. To replace
notebook's RTC battery you have to remove main battery unit from
notebook, then remove clips holding it in place. You'll see two
screws, remove them. If you need you can remove upper screws
shown by removing main battery. Now you should be able to
carefully pry open the left part of notebook, where battery is
hidden in left battery clip part.
Printer can be installed as
Canon MBJ-20DK, it works quite well with cartridge re-filled
with typical Canon ink, such as used in BC-02 cartridge. To
print, slide front paper tray first, place one sheet of paper
there, it should not go entirely. Printer will take this sheet
by itself and printout will be pushed to the rear of notebook.
This notebook was supplied with 2 CDs full of videos how to
use it in Windows 95 environment. This multimedia guide was made
using ActiveX, VBScript and other strange technologies embedded
in simple HTML files few bytes each.
My unit is from Germany as it has German keyboard layout. It had small problems with touchpad and it still has them as chip is fixed, but damaged ribbon cable is not and it tends to disconnect in random few-second periods. The unit is in quite good condition and was probably used with care. It's complete, even dock's connector dust cover is not missing, so it was probably not frequently undocked.
|Extensa 900 Technical
Extensa 900 electrical diagrams
|CN-600 Notebook manual [GERMAN]|
|CN-600 Dock manual [GERMAN]|
|Win95 CN-600 drivers|
|Win95 MBPro tools|
|File transfer tool supplied on CD Part1 Part2|
|SoundBlaster 16 drivers: Part1, Part2, Part3|