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CompuColor II

See below for specifications and information on this system.

Specifications and information

Introduced: 1977
Original Price:  
CPU: Intel 8080A
Memory: 48K
Operating System: CompuColor ROM BASIC
Input/Output: Built-in 53KB floppy disk drive, keyboard and monitor; numeric keypad; serial port; external floppy disk drive port
Bus: N/A
Other Items in Collection: Full documentation; users group newsletters; some software
Items Needed: Star Trek program

The CompuColor II was the first home computer with built-in color. The computer is essentially mounted in the chassis of a 13" color television monitor. This particular CompuColor has the optional deluxe keyboard (there were three different keyboard models to choose from, each with progressively more keys). The system is very compact and attractive. The built-in BASIC has vector-based color graphics commands that make graphics easy to use.

CompuColor Screen Shots, from the Sampler disk that came with the system:

Here's another shot of the CompuColor in 3/4 perspective. Note how the keyboard connects with a ribbon cable instead of the more standard round cable:

And a closeup of the built-in floppy disk drive:

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