Coco variations (was: Proper name for Tandy Color Computer?
dave04a at dunfield.com
Tue Jun 7 20:11:00 CDT 2005
>Rumor has it that Fred Cisin may have mentioned these words:
>>IIRC, Tandy also made a "Vidoetext" terminal that was in a white version
>>of the Coco 1 case.
>Not necessarily -- the one I saw at Dayton was in a silver case w/chicklet
I found it in the 1983 Standard catalog, and the 1984 Radio Shack "Computers"
Catalog - the Videotex Terminal shown in the Catalogs is the silver CoCo case
with the chicklet keys. It does not appear in the 1984 standard Catalog.
I also have a correction to make, the white 64K CoCo (1) DOES appear in both
the standard 1984 Catalog and the 1984 "TRS-80 Computers" catalog - it is the
last CoCo shown, AFTER the CoCo2, and the photo is at such a perspective that
it is not obvious that the case is deeper - however the vent. holes are
different on the CoCo1 (along the sides at the top) and the CoCo2 (across the
top), and once I looked closer, I realized this is actally the white CoCo1
- Although the text mentions "Color Computer 2 disk system and other
peripherals", the machine is actually called "54K Color Computer" - NOT "Color
Computer 2" as is indicated in the previous pages depicting the CoCo2.
It is also more expensive that the CoCo2's shown $599 .vs. $349 and $459
(Canadian prices) - presumably because it has 64K of RAM and includes the
Extended BASIC - for all these reasons, I just assumed it was the top end
CoCo2 - but it's actually the "white CoCo1".
A 64K RAM option was not offered in the 1983 Catalog (Silver machines), but
a 64K upgrade for "existing 4k, 16k or 32k Color Computers" was offered in
the 1984. The only CoCo1 offered in 1984 is the white 64k machine.
Now... if I could just find a MC-10 "Micro Color Computer"...
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