Tandy/Radio Shack Advert - December 1984
From Personal Computer World
Here's an up-front saving on the Tandy 16K Colour Computer 2
Here's a festively-themed advert for the second version of Tandy's Colour Computer, or "CoCo". With £20 off coz it's Christmas, the CoCo was available for only £99.95 - only £320 in 2019 money. Still nominally known fully as the TRS-80 Colour Computer, the original CoCo was launched in 1980 at the dawn of the home computer explosion, and only three years after the first three - the Commodore PET, original TRS-80 and Apple II. The CoCo, however, was not compatible with the original TRS-80, as it used Motorola'a 6809E instead of the previous Zilog Z80.
The use of the Motorola 6809 did however put the CoCo on an eventual collision-course of sorts with the Dragon 32 and 64 micros, as the latter computers used the same unusual processor and as a result had a lot of compatibility with the Tandy - so much so that when Dragon Data was put up for sale at the end of 1983 following the collapse of its parent company Mettoy, Tandy/Radio Shack briefly considered a buy-out. Tandy eventually decided against the idea, and Dragon eventually went to GEC.
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