This computer was the first Kaypro model to use an Intel 8088 CPU and run the MS-DOS operating system, which was up to version 2.11 at that time. The 8088 CPU clocked out at 4.77MHz and the system came with 512K of memory. (Previous Kaypro models used the Zilog Z80 CPU and ran the CP/M operating system.)
While I was studying in the computer science program at Montana State University and tiring of waiting in line to use the computer terminals in the labs, I saw the Kaypro 16/2 advertised at the bookstore along with a student discount. Soon after, I arranged a loan and purchased this particular system. (The package included the MicroPro application suite and an OEM, Kaypro branded daisy wheel printer, which I no longer have.)
When the Kaypro 16/2 hit the street, it carried a price tag of $2295.
Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.