Written on: 21/08/2010 by RichardCC (1 review written)
I had my first Psion 3 in 1992, a 5 in 1997, and a 5mx in 2001; it is a palmtop computer with an excellent keyboard and display, not just a PDA, is fantastic and goes everywhere with me. I use essential software I wrote in 1993 (took 3 months to write). I don't think any modern replacement will do the task it does as well although I don't have web access.
BUT Psions are poor mechanically and need to be treated very gently; the screen cable fails and plastic breaks. Fortunately... (read more)
Written on: 31/10/2008 by austinbarry (3 reviews written)
Although it (was) sold as a souped up PDA, the Psion is more like a miniature laptop. I have yet to see a PDA that can make this claim. The main factor is a keyboard that one can (with a little practice) touch-type on. I have written multi-page documents on my Psion. The word processor is a clone of Ms Word, and can read or write real Word documents (that is what the Windows software is for). The spreadsheet can read and write (simple) Ms Excel documents and the address book and calendar... (read more)
Written on: 21/10/2003 by boultb (1 review written)
I have had 3 - Psion Series 5mx's, the last 2 being mx models. I must be slow!. All have failed after 12 months or so by the same mode - the screen image collaspes to a dark line. The screen itself is ok as it works if the lid is opened a fraction.
There is no local agent in NZ. it is probably not worth having so many disgruntled customers.
I have attempted to contact the UK princpal via the web. The web site is useless. I did leave a message with the webmaster but that was ignored. ... (read more)
Written on: 29/03/2003 by Sam.
I've had my Psion since May 2001. It's really easy to use. I mainly use Word and sometimes Xcel. It's easy to transfer files via the data cable and I dicovered I can even type SMS on it to send via IR through my mobile save using my phone keypad!
I don't use it for email even though I've synchronised data with Outlook.
It's got quite a good battery life and decent batteries: 2 x AA rather than stupid sizes you get in kids toys! Most of the time, I have it plugged into the mains and I... (read more)
Written on: 20/02/2003 by Robert.
Looks very laptop like, but its features are not up to date as the others eg sony. Colour would also be an option but a shame it isn't otherwise taking a photo and sending it would make this model more popular. (read more)
Written on: 14/10/2002 by Ian Brook.
I have had a 3C, a Series 5 and 2 5MX's. My Series 5 just packed in, one day, when used by my wife, to whom I had given it when I got my 5MX. My first Psion 5MX literally fell apart when the flimsy, plastic components of the lid mechanism failed. Whilst the second 5MX had a new screen, whilst just in warranty, the unit has now just packed in totally, just like the series 5 did; it is only 18 months old, but of course, now it's out of warranty, Psion's hefty standard repair charges apply.... (read more)
Written on: 06/09/2002 by Greg Shutters.
I had a Diamond Mako before the Psion Series 5mx PDA and the 5mx is a vast improvement. Bigger and clearer screen (the rumour about the Mako's screen being better is only true for older models, the newer 5mx's screen is just as clear as the Mako plus it uses a bigger font, has a higher pixels/screen area ratio, plus it has a backlight) and a bigger and better keyboard. It's a great machine, I take notes in class with it, type up papers with it, play MP3s with it and play games on it. It's an... (read more)
Written on: 30/08/2002 by Christopher Lewis.
The Psion Series 5mx is the only touch-type palmtop out there, truly a laptop replacement with fantastic applications built in, a good high-contract screen, and brilliant battery life. Truly an awesome machine, that none of the new colour PDA's have yet matched. This is not just a PDA - this is a Palmtop Computer. (read more)
Written on: 21/06/2002 by Ian Williams.
Psion Series 5mx.
Despite the competition of Palms, IPAQs, etc, I still would rather have a built in keyboard and a reasonable screen size. Pity that production is coming to an end. Hopefully the service support will continue for those of us who want to keep using our machines for many years to come.
I have even taken to using the 5mx for all my study notes and essays - far more convenient than using a PC. When travelling, whilst conventional laptops provide access to all the bells and... (read more)
Written on: 27/05/2002 by James.
This is a great machine. I can't see why Psion stopped making them! The keyboard is much better than even Transcriber on my PocketPC. The size is great for a clamshell and the OS is teriffic. With a 32 MB CF card and loads of programs, this is now my main PDA! (read more)
Written on: 25/05/2002 by Kellina.
Love the operating system on the Psion Series 5mx PDA. As a Psion 3a user, I found the 5mx to be even easier to use. Psion keeps it simple instead of finding things to clog your memory with.
Lots of 3rd party software if you know where to look. Mostly on internet.
I type mostly with my thumbs, but I learned that on the 3a.
I love the backlight (the 3a did not have one). I use it a lot. It uses the batteries quicker, so I try to have a power cord handy.
Overall, great choice over a palm... (read more)
Written on: 14/04/2002 by Big Daddy.
I was disappointed with the Psion Series 5mx at first, having moved from a Sharp ZR5800 where the software was just so much better thought out. If only Psion had learned from what had gone before, even with hardware- my Sharp was 2-3 years old when I made the change but the screen was much better. I also experienced a lot of niggling problems, sticky keys, the key labels wearing off in a couple of weeks, stuff that reminds you how British products miss the target for no good reason. One... (read more)
Written on: 16/02/2002 by Paul Nordhoff.
HAD A 5 SERIES PSION PDA A FEW YEARS AGO AND SWAPPED TO A PALM, BIG MISTAKE, THEN TRIED THE SEXY LOOKING COLOUR COMPAQ UNIT,....WOT NO KEYBOARD? I CAME BACK TO PSION DESPITE THE RECENT ANNOUNCEMENTS REGARDING FUTURE PRODUCTION OF PSION PDAS'. WHY? BECAUSE I DOUBT THE COMPETITORS WOULD MAKE A COMPARABLE MACHINE IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. A FIVE MX IS LESS THAN TWO HUNDRED QUID NOW!!! HOW SICK AM I TO HAVE PAID OVER FOUR FOR MY FIST SERIES FIVE. (read more)
Written on: 19/01/2002 by Willempie.
The Psio Seies 5mx PDA is wonderful and excellent. It is a very good buy if you haven't got enough money for a laptop. (read more)
Written on: 03/11/2001 by Jason Haughton.
Excellent PDA very usable & stable
I had a 5mx since Dec 2000 and have never lost any data.
Battery life is great.
Software easy to use and very functional.
Wide availability of software via the net.
Well screwed together hardware. (read more)
Written on: 30/10/2001 by Fazrihan.
It acts like a mini laptop- meets the demands of many users. Black and white screen is ideal for power conservation. Great web browser, especially with Opera. (read more)
Written on: 26/09/2001 by Richard Davis.
If you've never seen a Psion PDA before then you'll be amazed. Don't think of it as an organizer, think of it as a PC in your pocket. I use my 5mx far more than my PC, even when at home. Instant On, no crashes, easy to use yet powerful applications.
Most of my friends have been amazed at what my little Psion can do. In summary, get one and you wont know how you ever managed without it. (or get an Ericsson MC218 as it is the same machine and much cheaper). (read more)
Written on: 24/09/2001 by David Lacey.
Although there are many faults you could describe for this Psion PDA, you have to bare in mind its size and what they have managed to cram into it, my only real complaint is there is only one slot for a cf disk so make sure you buy a big one as carrying another offers the chance for it to be lost or stolen, misplaced. (read more)
Written on: 16/09/2001 by Donovan Wong.
I'm a student and I find the Psion 5mx to be the ideal solution to most of my needs.
As a student money gets tight at times. I bought this just over two years ago and at the time it was ~£350. Now with the drop in the cost of the device it is better value than ever. Running costs are low since you power the device for just under a month under moderate use, using a pair of AA size batteries that you can buy virtually anywhere for next to nothing.
The construction is superb, dropping it... (read more)
Written on: 02/09/2001 by max monti.
I ask for some opinions about the 5mx keyboard.
It's a really good keyboard. (read more)
Written on: 11/08/2001 by Richard Darn.
I use the Psion to write press releases and send stuff out by both fax and email. It really is a major asset and gives me the independence to venture away from the office. At first I wondered whether I would use it enough to justify the cost. Nowadays I couldn't do without it. (read more)
Written on: 23/07/2001 by Vaughan Brean.
I am a field engineer, and have used a psion 5 and now a 5MX for 4 years now, it really is a superb tool, mine holds details of every customer visit since 1997, parts lists, contacts details etc etc. It is totally stable and reliable and Psion deserve to rule the world Highly recommended (read more)
Written on: 28/06/2001 by MOINUL KHAN.
THE PSION SERIES 5 OFFERS GOOD SOFTWARE, ALONG WITH GOOD STORAGE AND POWER CAPACITY.THE ONE PROBLEM CAN BE TOO MUCH BACKLIGHT. THE APPLICATIONS ARE VERY USEFUL, FOR BUSINESS REASONS OR JUST FOR HOME OFFICE WORK. (read more)
Written on: 04/06/2001 by Sharaz Mir.
I've only had my Psion Series 5mx two days, and I'm amazed how good this products is. The PsiWin software loaded and worked very quickly, and I was syncronizing in minutes!!
I'm a National Sales Manager, and the sync. with Outlook on our network will aid me no end. (read more)
Written on: 07/05/2001 by Kevin Scott.
I have had my 5mx for almost two years now, since they were first released. It runs my life, I would not and could not be without it! I run my accounts on it, personal and business, my diaries, contact lists, to do lists everything! Best bit is the Busy view in Agenda app, I know instantly whether or not I can do something, my clients don't need to wait, I tell them immediately whether a given date is free, well, not free exactly, I have a 5mx to feed with CF cards.....
Basically, short of... (read more)
Written on: 06/05/2001 by Josh Thornhill.
The Series 5mx is a very useful tool for someone who has not got enough money to buy a larger laptop machine. It's just the ideal palmtop to buy. With 16mb of ram and rom you can just keep on saving documents, programs, applications and not be worried about it running out of memory. The backlight lets you work in the dark although I think there should be a backlight for the keyboard aswell. Psion's 5mx presents itself as attractive on the outside but serious on the inside. I would recommend... (read more)
Written on: 21/04/2001 by Mike Berry.
I have had it for 6 months and accidently dropped it on concrete. Not even a scratch ! EPOC is much better than my previous windows CE machine. The navigation is superb. I've taken to stabbing my screen with my fingers (instead of using the stylo) to get to my contacts info as it seems tough enough to cope. (read more)
Written on: 23/01/2001 by Leon "Junior" Harrison.
Written on: 17/11/2000 by Siravij Boonsue.
I've been using the 5mx for a year now and I've never regretted having bought it. During this entire time I've managed to crash it to a point where a soft reset is needed... get this... 3 times! Not much more needs to be said about its stability.
The bundled software is more than enough for anyone expecting to do WORK on the unit. You might be disappointed if multimedia is what you're looking for. The keyboard is touch-typable albeit with some degree of awkwardness.
Some bad points... (read more)
Written on: 05/09/2000 by Alrick Dorett.
I used to own a Psion 5 and later I gave it up for the Nokia Communicator and then the palm V and the handspring and I am now back with the Psion 5mx. There is nothing like the 5mx. It work well, if you travel alot like me and want to check email regularly. (read more)
Written on: 04/03/2000
I have had a Series 5mx for 6 months and find it outstanding, the applications built into the machine are really second to none and it is indeed very fast. I find that the screen isnt the best I have come across, particularly if you dont use the backlight and it seems very prone to reflections if using it in a bright office. The keyboard is excellent, touch typing really is feasible. (read more)
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