Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Timex 1000 and KayPro II Two Classic PC's

Timex 1000
First came the ZX80 followed by the ZX81. Sir Clive Sinclair really put the PC indusry on its ear when he released the USA version of the ZX81, the Timex 1000, for under 100 bucks in 1982. Yes for $99.95. Our new system includes boxed 16K RAM module, ZX81 computer plus software ad manuals. All in original boxes and in nice condition. Timex has only 4 chips, the Z80A CPU, ROM, static RAM and custom chip. Users detested cheap keyboard so many versions followed by 3rd parties with better keyboards. However for the price it was one of the best deals at the time!

KayPro II
Designed to go after Osborne, the Kaypro II had 64K of RAM, dual Tandon SS/DD 5 1/4" Floppy Drives, plus a huge 9" green screen (Osborne only 5" screen). It is said that "2010: A Space Odyssey" was written on a Kaypro! Key advantage was software including Wordstar, Perfect series and more.

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