Sinclair ZX81One year later, they released the new and improved ZX81. Compared to the ZX80, the ZX81 was much cheaper, at only $99.95, the first computer for under $100. The ZX81 has the same microprocessor and runs at the same speed as the ZX80, but it has a better BASIC programming language and is cheaper to produce, due to having fewer chips and a simpler design.
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I loved my C64, basic and assembly 6502. Taught me one thing which is still valid today but abused by lots, write tight code !
@bryanjam; re: Apple $$ - yes, they were; and are. I had an Osborne 1 gray box with an external amber monitor; 80 character mod, 300 baud modem; and double density floppy drives - oooooo. I used it a lot for flight planning.
I used to have an Apple Classic with a black & white portrait screen, which had 20MBs disk size and cost me £3,000 on a licensing scheme where I kept it at the end of the monthly payments. That could have been around 1989/90 - so Apple were over charging even then!
@fizban64 Isn't that the truth!!!