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Interesting computer.  I get annoyed sometimes when the point of articles (like the Wikipedia article) references how it did X "half a decade" before the Amiga.  One thing that isn't mentioned is the price.  This computer seems to use some custom ASIC's and up to 72KiB of RAM.  What do you think that would have cost in 1980?  🙂

 

Otherwise, I like the design.  I love those "tank looking" computers.

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So substantially more than a "normal" home computer when you factor in inflation.  🙂

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7 hours ago, cbmeeks said:

Interesting computer.  I get annoyed sometimes when the point of articles (like the Wikipedia article) references how it did X "half a decade" before the Amiga.  One thing that isn't mentioned is the price.  This computer seems to use some custom ASIC's and up to 72KiB of RAM.  What do you think that would have cost in 1980?  🙂

 

Otherwise, I like the design.  I love those "tank looking" computers.

I've noticed that before. Some articles are written by people who desperately need their topic of interest to be recognized by the world at large, others are by people who are content to document.

 

I remember noticing that in a couple articles about pets. The "dog" article is large, but purely concerned with the subject at hand. The "cat" article is similarly large, but spends a lot of words comparing cats to dogs. (Always favorably. I suspect bias.)

 

 

There's also articles where someone has clearly driven through and added their personal interest to a related, but distinct, article.

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15 hours ago, cbmeeks said:

What do you think that would have cost in 1980?

PCW made a bench test in October 1980 which includes prices:

 

48k - £795, 32k - £725, 12k - £595, Hardware Maths Module £149. All prices are exclusive of VAT and delivery charges.

https://fjkraan.home.xs4all.nl/comp/dai/daipcw.html

 

Some comparisons:

 

Acorn Atom (July 1980): Kit £120 (8K ROM, 2K RAM), fully expanded £250 (12K RAM)

ZX80 (January 1980): Kit £79.95, assembled £99.95 (1K RAM)

TI-99/4 w/ 14" colour TV (October 1980): £995 incl VAT

Atari 800 (October 1980): ~£800 (anecdotal reference)

 

Things like the TRS-80 series, PET and of course Apple II would pretty much match or exceed the DAI pricing, and as you can see combined with the obligatory TV, even the early TI-99/4 did. While even £595 was a lot of money in a poor country like the United Kingdom (not meant in a negative way, after all much of the cheap computers eventually emerged from there), it may have proven value for its money for those who could afford it.

 

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