The DRAGON 32 enjoyed a pretty good success in Europe. Its ROM holds the Operating System and a version of the Microsoft Extended BASIC.
One of its characteristics is partial compatibility with the Tandy TRS 80 Color Series. They can use same peripherals and some cartridges, but most ROM calls will fail on the other computer.
However, the Dragon did have at least two advantages over the first TRS-80 Color computer: A typewriter-style keyboard that was somewhat better than the tandy's calculator-like keys; and a Centronics parallel-printer port.
Two years later, Welsh launched the DRAGON 64 which has the same characteristics except the added memory (64k RAM instead of 32k), a RS232c port and minor ROM changes.
First, and only home computer, was a 32 and kept it until 2000. Initially bored from playing Space Invaders non-stop for a week, I started programming. What a world that opened up! BASIC followed by machine code, dabbling in graphics, audio, and hardware interfacing. Luckily my first job used a product line with a 6809 CPU for analog and digital interfacing!
Sunday 6th September 2015
Dave (Virgina, USA)
I have a Dragon 32 available to a good home, don''t know if it still breathes fire as I haven''t switched it on for years. If anyone wants it let me know
Thursday 30th July 2015
Eddie Lee (Cardiff )
I got a 32 used, from Thornleys (a pork processing plant in Chorley) in 1986. The system, a tape drive, the dragon floppy drive a a big bag of software. Plus a Juki daisywheel wide-format printer.
It ran the databases for our family business for years, and I used it daily until I moved to the US in 2002, where it was put in storage. In 91+92 i even went to the last Dragon store in Valletta to buy more software. Ah fun times.....