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The Salora Manager was the Finnish version of the Video Technology Laser 2001.

However, it had some differences compared to the original:
Ľ It had a new case to match the cheaper Fellow in the more Salora-like colouring,
Ľ The keyboard had been modified by adding the Scandinavian letters ─, ┼ and Í,
Ľ Joysticks ports were different so you could only use joysticks manufactured by Salora (many machines were hacked to use Atari-standard controllers).

The Coleco adapter was planned for the Manager too, but was propably never released. Some pre-production examples did make it out the door.

A 5 1/4" disk drive was also released in the Salora color scheme.

The Salora machines had some brief success because Salora was a well known company in Finland and people didn't really know how global the computer market was. In the end Salora machines disappeared quite quickly mainly due to lack of software and the onslaught of Commodore and Spectravideo.
During the last days of the machine they were sold at rock bottom prices. You could get a Manager + disk drive + games/programs bundle for less than the price of a Commodore disk drive!

After the Vtech fiasco Salora had plans or they actually even announced it, that they were to start distributing Mitsubishi manufactured MSX machines and peripherals under the Salora brand, but this never happened. This information regarding the MSX ordeal can be found from the Finnish MikroBitti magazine.

Thanks to Taneli Lukka for this information.

Thanks to The Artic Computer and Console Museum for the picture. You will also find great info about the Coleco adapter.

NAME  Manager
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  Finland
YEAR  1983
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Basic v1.0 (Microsoft Basic)
KEYBOARD  QWERTY, 49 typewriter keys including Scandinavian letters ─, ┼ and Í
CPU  6502 A
RAM  32 kb (up to 64 kb)
VRAM  16 kb
ROM  16 kb
TEXT MODES  36 chars. x 24 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  256 x 192 dots
SOUND  4 voices (3 voice channels + 1 noise channel)
from 245 to 12500 Hz
2 joystick sockets (Salora specific)
Disk drive port
Tape-recorder (600 bauds)
Centronics port
Cartridge slot
Expansion port
Parallel port
POWER SUPPLY  External AC adaptor
PERIPHERALS  16 KB RAM expansion, 5.25'' floppy drive unit
PRICE  Unknown

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