This was the first in the Genie line from EACA in Hong Kong, a Z80 based monster of a machine with a
built-in tape drive and starting with 16K of RAM, expandable to 48K by the very Heath Robinson method exhibited by this machine
here, since it's got a RAM expansion in it.
These machines were basically Tandy TRS80 clones complete with the ubiquitous Microsoft BASIC in ROM, and
date from 1981 upwards in various flavours - Genie I, MicroDigital Video Genie (same as the Video Genie),
Genie II (numeric keypad instead of tape drive and ROM enhancements including lower case!), Genie III (I think, had 2 vertical 5.25"
floppies to the right of the built-in monitor....very TRS80 Model 3) and the EG2002 Color Genie. EACA
managed to get them pretty much in all major geographies; the only one I can think of up to now is the Dick Smith System-80 from
This machine not only has the extra 32K of RAM but also a Lower Case ROM extension, much like my other
boxed Genie. It also doesn't work too well in common with all machines of the day; I'm guessing this is
principally because it uses 2114 RAM chips for its video RAM (also Vectrex, CBM
PET, UK101 etc etc) which aren't known for their longevity!