Tandy sold eight different models of Pocket Computers from 1980 to 1987. This included the PC-1 (1980), PC-2 (1982), PC-3 (1983), PC-4 (1983), PC-5 (1985), PC-6 (1986), PC-7 (1986) and PC-8 (1987). Despite being only the second model released, the PC-2 was by far the most powerful (and the largest) of the TRS-80 pocket computers. […]
Commodore’s Vic-20 was the first personal computer to sell one million units. It was officially launched in the middle of 1980 at $299. The price of a new Vic-20 would eventually drop to as little as $99. This was extraordinarily inexpensive for a color computer at that time. During it’s production life (of approximately 4 years) the Vic-20 would go on to sell more than 2.5 million units in total. At one point they were being produced at a rate of more than 9,000 computers per day.
A favourite among Atari hackers and collectors, the Atari 1200XL was the first of the XL line of 8 bit computers that followed the Atari 400 and Atari 800 computers. While there is much to appreciate about the 1200XL, it was generally not well received when initially launched in 1982.
Today we have the luxury of beautifully anti-aliased fonts on high resolution displays. Several years ago computers had blocky fonts whose characters were defined by a handful of bytes. It was often easier to build these characters using an editor like this one than the alternative approach : graph paper.
Arguably one of the nicest 16 KB computers ever released, the 8 bit Atari 600XL arrived in 1983. It was intended to be Atari’s new entry level model. It replaced the previous entry level Atari 400 Computer. The Atari 400, Atari 600XL and the Atari 5200 Game Console were all 16 KB systems.