8 Bit


8 Bit Computers


Manufacturer: Oric

Model:  ORIC 1

Released:  1983

Info: While being overshadowed by the similar Spectrum in the UK the Oric 1 was a big success in France initially before being taken over by other computers like the Schneider / Amstrad CPC and Thomson.


Manufacturer: Dragon Data

Model:  Dragon 32

Released:  1982

Info: The Dragon was built in Port Talbot, Wales and was 90% compatible with the US Tandy CoCo, only lacking its full colour mode. This was mostly due to the switch to PAL video.


Manufacturer: Commodore

Model:  Plus 4

Released:  1984

Info: The name refers to the 4 apps on the ROM (word processor, spreadsheet, database, and graphing); it was billed as “the productivity computer with software built-in”. It was a flop and derided as the “Minus/60” a pun on the numerical difference between the Plus/4 and the popular C64.


Manufacturer: Commodore

Model:  64

Released:  1982

Info: The C64 is still to this day the world best ever selling personal computer with sales of over 17 million!


Manufacturer: Acorn Computers

Model:  BBC Mirco

Released:  1981

Info: The BBC Micro was the first ever computer designed to go in schools as the part of the UK government’s computer literacy program supported by BBC Television.



Manufacturer: Atari

Model:  800XL

Released:  1983

Info: The XL series of computers were a minor upgrade of the popular Atari 400/800 computers first released in 1979. They were more streamlined, featured more RAM and built in BASIC.


Manufacturer: Amstrad

Model: CPC 464

Released:  1984

Info: The Amstrad CPC range were the first foray into home computing by Sir Alan Sugar and designed to be an affordable all in one computer set-up.


Manufacturer: Acorn

Model:  Electron

Released:  1983

Info: The Electron was released due to massive demand for a cheaper version of the BBC Micro used in schools. Early supply problems meant that Acorn failed to take advantage of the early interest.


Manufacturer: Sinclair

Model:   ZX Spectrum +

Released:  1983

Info: The ZX Spectrum+ was released in order to satisfy all the people who wanted a machine with a proper keyboard. It had 48k of memory and was later replaced by the 128k model famous for its massive heat sink known as the “toast rack”.



Retro head and key holder of RVG.

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