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Tandy Color Computer 3

A Tandy Color Computer 3 spotted by TTVmetalbassist1.

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Published August 4, 2021

Tandy Corporation announced the original TRS-80 Color Computer in July 1980 to compete with the inexpensive and popular Commodore VIC-20.

By 1985, Color Computer users worried that the company would abandon their computer in favor of the Tandy 1000. Tandy executive Ed Juge stated that year that "No home computer on the market today has the potential horsepower of the Color Computer ... we believe [it] also has a good future".

On July 30, 1986, Tandy announced the Color Computer 3 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. It came with 128 KB of RAM, which could be upgraded to 512 KB. The panel behind the keyboard and cartridge door plastic were changed from black to grey. The keyboard layout was revised, putting the arrow keys in a diamond configuration and adding CTRL, ALT, F1 and F2 keys. It sold in Radio Shack stores and Tandy Computer Centers for $219.95 (199 CAD in Canada later that year).

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRS-80_Color_Computer#Color_Computer_3_(1986%E2%80%931991)

Published on Wed 4th Aug 2021. Featured in KBD #38 (source).


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