Sharp Computers

Sharp PC-1500 - 1981

This was the De-Luxe version of the 1211, released in 1981. This came with a proper 8 bit processor though in a package not that much bigger. It was faster, had over twice as much memory and the 26 character display could also work in graphics mode, so little flat Space Invaders! It came with a docking station with micro-cassette deck and a little colour plotter and all in a very nice little case. This was something of a cult machine. Tandy also produced a version of this one, the TRS-80 PC2. This looked slightly different and lacked the near correct keyboard layout (albeit still very small calculator-style keys).