Portico Advert - October 1983
From Personal Computer World
At £1,795 it can only be a Miracle
The Miracle, from Portico, was another British-built Z80 machine running CP/M, but is clearly aiming at the Osborne/Kaypro "luggable" market.
When the Osborne 1 launched in 1981, it completely reset the bar for such semi-portable machines with its low price and - in particular - its bundled software, included "free" with the computer.
Every luggable that came after was more-or-less forced to follow this pattern, and the Miracle is no exception with its "£1,500 software free" tag.
A collage of photos from a review of the Miracle in September 22nd 1983's edition of Personal Computer News
The Kaypro II, launched in 1982, improved on the Osborne 1 with a 9" screen, instead of the tiny 5" display on the Osborne, and a more rugged construction, so clearly Portico is going one (inch) better with a 10" monitor built in.
The 28lb/13kg Miracle also appears to have no fewer than five Z80 processors, for various tasks such as memory access and input/output handling. It also offered two "intelligent" 5¼" floppy-disk drives which were, unusually, backed by a 64K cache. This saved the most frequently-used disk sectors, which helped to increase disk performance.
In a review in September 22nd 1983's edition of Personal Computer News, Max Phillips concluded:
"The Miracle is something of a pleasant surprise. It seems a sensible system with a clever hardware design and enough free software to put it into the value-for-money stakes. It isn't the most advanced business system, but nonetheless is capable of a great deal of useful work around the office. You might well consider the Miracle alongside systems like the Osborne, and Epson QX10. The choice is very much a personal one, and the Miracle's 'touch of class' may weigh heavily in its favour".
There was also a dig at Adam Osborne's claim that the Osborne 1 could fit under an aeroplane seat. Phillips quipped:
"It may be a while before I get to test that with a Miracle, but it is really difficult to fit it between the seats on the bus home".
Many of these sorts of adverts were quickly lashed together and were often laid out by hand, but this is one of the most poorly-laid-out of all. The text "only be a" is a full 20% smaller than the rest of the headline.
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