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See below for specifications and information on this system.
Specifications and information
|Key Dates:||Announced March 1983|
|Original Price:||$800 with 8K RAM, $1000 for 24K RAM|
|CPU:||Intel 80C85 (Z-80 compatible)|
|Display Capability:||40 characters by 8 lines text, 240x64 monochrome graphics|
|Operating System:||Custom OS by Microsoft including ROM BASIC, word processing, communications|
|Input/Output:||Built-in keyboard; monochrome LCD display; serial port; 300 baud direct-connect modem;|
|Other Items in Collection:||Radio Shack PDD portable 3.5" disk drive and carrying case; Disk/Video Interface; bar-code reader; third-party NiCd battery-powered 3.5" portable disk drive; third-party battery-powered portable thermal printer; carrying case; documentation; extensive software and add-on ROM collection; spare Model 100 unit|
The Model 100 is a rugged, light, laptop computer that was very popular with journalists and others who needed to do real word processing on the go. The full-size keyboard is excellent and the LCD display quite readable. Numerous third party vendors such as Traveling Software produced software and hardware add-ons for the Model 100.
A Model 100 system is considerably enhanced by the addition of the 3.5" Portable Disk Drive (PDD). The optional Disk/Video Interface provides connection to a composite monitor, as well as a 5 1/4" floppy drive for data interchange.
I used a Model 100 back in '83-'84 and it was one of the best computers I've had the pleasure of working with. They're so practical that many are still in use today, and fetch a used price in excess of $100.
The follow-on to the Model 100 was the Model 200, which was not quite as handy due to its bulkier flip-up LCD panel.
Here's a shot of the Computer Closet's complete TRS-80 Model 100 system:
And the original box for the Model 100:
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