I have three beige consoles:
- My main "mod" computer. Currently with VGA a blue power LED, and soon to have internal speech. This one has a blue power switch.
- a beige QI with 1981 firmware. This one has a red power switch.
- a completely stock model (with blue power switch).
All three have good keyboards (ie, non-Mitsumi). If you are in the market for a beige unit, make sure you check out the under side. You don;t need a very good photo to see it
is not a Mitsumi keyboard. Those keyboards have a brown/reddish color to them. The good keyboards are green and you can see solder points all over it.
FWIW, I also have a black/silver model. I prefer the later versions of this.
I never ever saw a beige speech synth except prototype photos. I think I saw one here on this forum. I wish somebody would make a mold of it.
I came close to winning an auction of about twenty joysticks all thrown in a box, about six of them were beige joysticks. I wanted it so bad! I only wanted one beige set and I was going to sell the rest. But somebody beat me. Ebay can be a bitch sometimes! lol. It was probably mdude that won. So instead I got an Atari 400 joystick. It's beige and exactly the same as the CX40 Atari joystick. Look it up. It's awesome!