Dynabyte Advert - February 1980
From Personal Computer World
Dynabyte - the Business Computer System your customers can afford
If nothing else proved the need for the likes of Commodore's Jack Tramiel or Sinclair's eponymous Clive to come along and build micros that normal people could afford to buy, it must the opening gambit of this advert: "for less cost than a new company car your prospects can own an expandable computer system". Not only that, but the 1980 market was still modest enough for that fact that Dynabyte had shifted a mere 600 of these systems already in the US to warrant a mention.
Running CP/M on an S-100 bus plus 5.25" or 8" floppy drives with a capacity from 650,000 "words", which could either mean 650,000 instances of "the" or the computer definition which would give 1.3MB, the cost of a company car must have been in the order of £3,000 - around £14,800 in 2021. Dynabyte was based in Milpitas, California, but had set up a European HQ in Scarborough, UK. The company was still around in 1982, when it launched its Model 5605 - still in the same basic box - with support for eight terminals and a ludicrously over-provisioned 16 printers.
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