There is the beige PHP 2700 Tape Recorder with the beige tape recorder cable.
I always wonder why they made the beige TI-Joysticks with a black cable.
I have detailed photos somewhere of the beige Speech Synthesizer, at least from the two-pieces of the case.
The beige Hex-Bus Interface for the 99/4A (on the CES 1983 you can actually see a black/silver one, along with a black MBX).
We actually have a Hex-Bus Interface in our group and Leszek is having 3D printers at his home.
Further the Hex-Bus cables are all beige, as the complete TI Hex-Bus Peripheral line.
Then there is the beige 99/2, the beige 99/8 and the beige 99/5.
The box for the beige Tape Recorder has the 99/2 pictured, the box for the black Tape Recorder has it not.
Did you know that there was not a single one of the beige 99/4As sold in Europe?
Which is funny because they actually argued the switch from silver to the beige plastic color with "ergonomic standards emerging in Europe which dictated a lower contrast color."
Interview with Don Bynum (done by Dan Eicher in 2002):
"Q.How was the decision made to go from the classic black-and-silver 99/4A to bland beige?
A.Again, that was easy. The polished aluminum overlays were easily damaged by kids, who were ourprimary intended users, were easily damaged in handling in the factory (therefore adding cost), andserved no utilitarian purpose, so we eliminated them. My own preference would have been to stay witha black case, but ergonomic standards were emerging in Europe which dictated a lower contrast color."
Who is Don Bynum?
In October of 1980, Don Bynum was brought from Texas Instruments Corporate Engineering Center inDallas, TX to TI's production facility in Lubbock, TX to take over the faltering 99/4 project. Sales of the99/4 had been extremely slow and TI's corporate management was faced with either discontinuing theproject or making drastic changes in production and marketing strategies. Along with the expert help ofa newly acquired marketing manager named William Turner, Don rolled up his sleeves and began to work.The first step included a re-organization of key personnel within the Lubbock facility which includedbringing in several managers who Don had worked with during his 12-year career with TI.
Although Texas Instruments as a corporation has always been reluctant to change a product once it is inmass scale production, Don convinced them to scrap the 99/4 and redesign it as the 99/4A. Once thisproject was finished and turned over to Mr. Turner's marketing staff, sales of the 99/4A began a rapidimprovement over its older brother. As an engineer, Don quickly found ways to reduce production costsand lower the retail price of the computer to the consumer. Once this was done, TI's marketing staff hadonly to secure distribution to assure success.
Don's second "baby" was the Peripheral Expansion System.
Realizing the need to create a more viable and compact system for what seemed a never-ending train ofperipherals for the 99/4A, he set out to give consumers a better product for less money. This projectculminated in January of last year with the introduction of the Peripheral Expansion Box.
Over the past two and one half years, Mr. Bynum and his lovely wife, Peggy, have become close personalfriends and supporters of the International 99/4 Users-Group and its members. It is for this reason wewere saddened to hear that Texas Instruments has once again decided to promote Don to their CorporateResearch and Development Division in Dallas. The leadership which Mr. Bynum showed throughout histenure with the Consumer Product Division was not only an inspiration to his fellow employees but to allof us who he touched.
We wish Don and his family all the best in his new venture and would like to thank him for his help andsupport of the International 99/4 Users-Group and its membership. We have been advised that there isa possibility that Don will be involved with future personal computer products and we look forward to acontinuing relationship with him.