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Adverts and Reviews
After digging some more old mags out from 1980 - 1986 I thought it'd be a good idea to scan some of the adverts and reviews of the machines of the day; all but maybe 2 or 3 of which are in the museum somewhere. Some of the peripherals mentioned in the ads turned out to be pure vapourware, and the Commodore ads are quite upbeat, considering that someone within CBM is reputed to have said that if CBM were selling sushi they'd call it "cold, wet, dead fish!"
Picture sizes range from around 19K to a whopping 300-odd for the ZX80 advert, but most stay round the 50K mark so shouldn`t be too long on an average download. I doubt there's any copyright infringement going on here any more, but if I've trodden on someone's toes let me know :) All the reviews are from either Personal Computer News (PCN) or Your Computer. All respective trademarks are acknowledged. Entries marked with an H have been provided by comp.sys.sinclair regular Hellraiser - cheers mate!
First update of 2003 comes from an ex-pat Brit called Graham Thornton who now lives in the US. His scans are marked with a G, obviously enough. Thanks Graham!
Next update comes courtesy of Mark Anderson whose entries are marked MA. Cheers Mark!
First (*cough*) update of 2006 is from me after digging up even more old issues of Your Computer so that's where 99% of the latest adverts and reviews are from.
Adverts
 
Acorn - 3 Trumps!
Acorn 6809 Processor - I know these exist, I've got the manual!
Acorn Atom - Choose Atom Power!
Acorn Atom - First Atom advert?
Acorn Atom - First colour advert?
Acorn Atom 'himalayas'
Acorn System 1 - anyone got a spare display module?
Acorn System X - addon cards
Apple Advert featuring the II, III and Lisa
Apple Lisa 1 pity this one was on the bottom of the stack when it was left in the wet.
Arfon Vic-20 expansion cover from Electronics and Computing
Atari advert from Landau Electronics
Atari Brochure (G), page 1,2,3,4
BasiCare Micro Tower System for the ZX81
BASICare Organic Micro for the ZX81
BBC Micro 'broader horizons'
Camputers Lynx 'Ways to increase your memory', page 1,2,3,4
Camputers Lynx 'Look at our back', page 1,2,3,4
Camputers Lynx software!
Camputers Lynx Range gatefold brochure, page 1,2,3,4
CGL M5 advert, page 1,2
Commodore 64 'split' edition
Commodore VIC-20 12 page brochure! (G), page 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Commodore VIC-20 '20 reasons'
Commodore VIC-20 'waiting is over'
Commodore VIC-20 'byteshop'
Commodore VIC-20 is a wonder, says William Shatner
Compukit UK101 case offer - bright orange loveliness for only £27.50!
Computer Express cover featuring the Sinclair PC200
Computex cases for Sinclair machines
COMX35 colour advert
Crash magazine pre-launch announcement
Currah VIC-20 peripherals
Currah Microspeech for the Sinclair Spectrum
Dean Electronics keyboard for the ZX81
DEC VT180 - known as ROBIN, a complete CP/M system in a VT100
DKTronics graphics ROM and extra hardware
Downsway joystick interface for the Spectrum
Dragon 32 'show this to your wife'
Dragon 32 'understand this'
Dragon 32 '30 seconds to live', page 1,2
Dragon32 '20 questions'
EACA Colour Genie, full colour spread!
EACA Colour Genie advert, page 1,2
EACA Genie I (Lowe Electronics)
Early Spectrum in black & white
Electronic Games from Silica Shop - look at the keyboard addon for the Intellivision! Yow.
EllanBee 'colour on your ZX81' advert. I had one of these :)
Enterprise 64 before its release
Enterprise 64 PCN Cover
Exidy Sorceror - V2 I think. Must be since it's colour!
Filesixty keyboard for the ZX81
FREL Comcon joystick interface for the Spectrum
Fuller peripherals, late advert
Fuller FD keyboard add-on
GE Time realtime clock addon for ZX machines
Gemini Computers - Nascom-u-like
Grundy Newbrain (as originally pondered about by Uncle Clive himself)
Hi-stak for the Sinclair Spectrum, lift your Speccy!
Intertec Superbrain - Graduated with honours!
JK Greye ad for Sinclair software
Jupiter Ace review, page 1,2
Jupiter Ace 16k Pacer RAM pack
KAYDE systems keyboard add-on (Spectrum)
Kempston Competition Pro joystick
Maplins keyboard for the ZX81
Mazogs from Bug-Byte. Excellent game for the ZX81
Megadodo Pheenixfor the Speccy, fantastic game!
Memotech explores the excellence of your ZX81
Memotech MTX512 Series 2 - complete CP/M!
Memotech 48K memopak
Memotech 64K MTX512 advert
Memotech Memopak 48K (older ad)
Memotech MTX late advert
Memotech MTX500 pre-release advert ('porsche' edition)
Memotech MTX512 peripherals
Memotech peripherals - complete range
Memotech ZX81 keyboard add-on
MGT Direct - retail ad, not oft seen
Michael Orwin ZX81 gamestape (quality!)
Michael Orwin Cassette advert
Multitech MPF-1 Plus
Oric-1 in black & white
Practical Electronics August 1979 cover featuring Dr Berk's UK101
Quicksilva (one of the originals) - mentions the QS MotherBD.
RAM Turbo interface
Rotronics Wafadrive (Rotronics ad)
SAM Coupe 'growing with SAM'
SAM Coupe 'why', page 1,2,3,4
Science of Cambridge MK14 first advert.
Science of Cambridge MK14 'complete kit'
Sinclair ZX81, Stateside edition. 10 days to try!
Spectrum workstation from Peter Furlong
SSL Saga1 Emperor Spectrum keyboard enclosure
Stonechip ZX-Panda
Tangerine Microtan 65 (the creators of the Oric1, Atmos and Stratos)
Ultimate Play The Game - early advert
Ultimate Play The Game - later advert
Ultimates first ad for Jetpac and PSSST
YC Memotech cover featuring pre-release pic of Memotech MTX500
Your Computer cover featuring the ZX81
ZX80 Desk Console (I made one of these too)
ZX81 Workstation from Peter Furlong

 
Reviews and Interviews
 
Acorn and Nat Semi hookup?
Acorn ABC-310 workstation review, page 1,2,3,4,5,6
Acorn AIV - forerunner to the Domesday system, page 1,2,3,4,5
Acorn System 1, page 1,2,3,4
Acorn System 3, page 1,2,3,4
ACT Sirius 1, page 1,2,3,4,5,6
Amiga 1000, page 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Amiga 1000 and Sidecar, page 1,2,3,4,5
Amstrad PC1512, page 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Apple Lisa (PCW), page 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13
Apple Lisa price cuts, down to about 6 grand!
Apple ][GS, page 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Apricot F1, page 1,2,3,4,5,6
Apricot Xen, page 1,2,3,4,5
Atari 400 and 800, page 1,2
Atom Prophet news from Holland
BAT systems first microfloppy from 1981
BBC Domesday System - review from AB Computing 1985, page 1,2,3
BBC Micro, page 1,2
BBC Micro review!
Camputers Lynx, page 1,2
Camputers Lynx 96K launch news
Camputers Lynx launch news
Camputers Lynx colour extras, page 1,2
Christmas video game survey, page 1,2
Clive Sinclair 'what next?' interview, page 1,2,3
Commodore 64 review, page 1,2
Commodore MAX launch news
Commodore Plus/4, page 1,2,3,4,5,6
COMX35 price news
Control Universal Beeb-Ex expansion for the BBC
DEC Rainbow review, page 1,2,3,4,5,6
Dragon 32, page 1,2,3
Dragon32 first reveal?
EACA Colour Genie, page 1,2
Enterprise 64 pre-release announcement from PCW
Enterprise 64 (PCW), page 1,2,3,4,5,6
Enterprise 64 preview (MA), page 1,2,3,4
Enterprise 64 review, page 1,2
Exercise Bookof the future from 1983!
First SpeccyElectronics & Computing review, page 1,2,3,4
Grundy Newbrain (H), page 1,2
H|H Tiger, page 1,2,3,4
ICL One-per-desk, page 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Jupiter Ace (H), page 1,2,3
Jupiter Ace, page 1,2
Jupiter Ace review from PCW, page 1,2,3,4
Mattel Aquarius (H), page 1,2,3
Mattel Aquarius review, page 1,2,3
Mattel Aquarius 'in new age'
Memotech FDX review from Personal Computer News
Memotech MTX news from before the machine launch
Memotech MTX500, page 1,2
Memotech RS128 & FDX, page 1,2,3,4,5
Microprofessor review, page 1,2
Multitech Microprofessor MPFII review, page 1,2
Nascom (H), page 1,2,3
One million Sinclair computers sold
Oric MCP40 printer news
Oric-1 launch news
Quicksilva 'fast to spot new software talent'
Rare aka Ultimate announce first games for the Spectrum
RM Nimbus PC1 review, page 1,2,3,4,5
SAM Coupe 'Rage Hard'
Sanyo PHC range review, page 1,2,3
Sharp MZ700 review, page 1,2,3
Sinclair cuts micro prices
Sinclair Spectrum, page 1,2
Sinclair Spectrum US Price news
Sinclair Spectrum 128K, page 1,2,3,4
Sinclair ZX80, page 1,2,3,4
Sinclair ZX81 power pack recall article, page 1,2
Sinclair ZX81 (H), page 1,2,3
SORD M5 news
Sord M5, page 1,2
STM Pied Piper and reviews of the Communicator, page 1,2,3
Tandata PA, page 1,2,3,4,5
Tandy MC10 launch news
Texas Instruments CC40 review, page 1,2
Texas Instruments Ti99/4A (H), page 1,2
Texet TX8000, page 1,2
Tomy Computer news
Torch Communicator Announcement
Torch Communicator review, page 1,2,3,4,5,6
Torch XXX Unix Workstation, page 1,2,3,4,5,6
V-Tech Creativision console, WOW*R@RE

 
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