Other Far East Computers

Sord/CGL M5 - 1985

This was released in 1982 before MSX but contained much of the same technology. It was a pretty little computer. The rubber keyboard worked quite well though the little space key was an irritation. It came with a pitiful 4K of memory though you could add more to it. BASIC was on cartridge and they provided three, BASIC-I (integer) which was really fast and great for developing games, BASIC-G (graphics) and BASIC-F (real numbers). It came with high quality sound and graphics using Texas chips. Despite all of this, sales were poor apart from in Japan and, for some reason, Czechoslovakia, where it was probably the first proper home computer on the market. Sord went on to produce a range of business computers.