Happy 35th Birthday To The TRS-80 Personal Computer, A Leader In Its Day

35 years ago today, at a press conference held inside New York City's Warwick Hotel, Radio Shack unveiled in TRS-80 personal computer, Model I, arguably once of the most import gadgets to be born in the latter half of the 20th century.

Coming with 4KB of memory and a cassette-tape deck with which to load programs, the TRS-80 ran about $US600 retail -- that's including Radio Shack's 12" black-and-white display, which didn't come standard but was a necessary addition to the package for anyone interested in doing with the computer thing requiring a monitor. (Very necessary.)

Today, for the same amount of money, you could buy yourself a very nice iPad. I wonder where we'll be in another 35 years... [Techland]

Image via oldcomputers.net



    I have one in my house, not sure if it works though, any idea how much it would be worth?

    my first PC :-) I hacked a TV to use as a monitor, could not afford a "real" monitor.

    My high school had one of these and a Commodore PET. Personally, I preferred the PET.

    Damn never thought that cassette decks were used to load computer programs. Thats amazing.

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