Vector Graphic Advert - July 1977
From Byte - The Small Systems Journal
Now. The Perfect Microcomputer: Vector 1 - it's a two-touch affair
Founded in November 1976, it didn't take long for Vector Graphic to go from making 8K memory cards to complete systems, as shown by this advert from July 1977. The Vector 1 was the company's first real computer. It was based on Intel's 8080A on an S-100 bus with 18 card slots. The quote "it's a two touch affair" is a reference to the simplicity of the Vector 1's interface compared to many other computers of the day, such as the IMSAI 8080, which were packed with lights and switches. According to a quote on old-computers.com from Lore Harp herself (one of the two founders of the company), this was a deliberate move to simplify the user interface - "User friendliness became an important design element" - although this wasn't actually any different to other machines like SWTPC's 6800, from January of the same year. It retailed for $849, about £4,000 in 2020.
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