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Telcon Industries
Zorba

The Zorba is one of the last 8 bits portable computer running the CP/M operating system. Its features were almost identical to the Kaypro II.

The Zorba was first manufactured and sold by Telcon, a company specialized in telecomunication equipments manufacturing.

For $190 more, the user could order the Perfect Software Package including the 'Perfect Writer' word processor, the 'Perfect Speller' spell checker, the 'Perfect Filer' database manager and the 'Perfect Calc' spreadsheet.

Having spent a lot of money designing the Zorba, Telcon was seeking for new investors to market its portable and settle a network sales. It was then bought up by ModComp (Modular Computer), a company specialized in mini-computer manufacturing. A group called Modular Micro Group, specialized in Zorba marketing was created. In spite of that, results were very bad and one year after its launch date, Zorba computers stock was sold to a company specialized in selling off surplus stocks, wich sold them at a very low price.

Zorba users were nevertheless very satisfied. They were able to read practically every existing CP/M floppy format. Its several video emulations (H19/Z19/VT52) allowed them to run virtually any existing CP/M software.

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Hi, I have inherited a Zorba 7 in excellent condition and complete with printed manual.
Any takers?
Make an offer.

Cheers,
Mike

          
Monday 5th November 2012
Mike McAuliffe (Brisbane, Australia 4061)

Actually after this model there was another.
It was the Gemini Zorba.
I have one in working condition. I purchased in February of 1985 a couple of weeks after a house fire destroyed the original as displayed on this site.
The Gemini Zorba I have has a nine inch amber monitor, two double density double sided drives with push in slot rather than the doors like this.
I also have bundled software, WortStar, DataStar, CalcStar.
I purchased a kit and added an Intel board with 8086 and 256K of ram mounted on the side of the inboard FD.

          
Thursday 18th February 2010
Pete Gandy (USA)

 

NAME  Zorba
MANUFACTURER  Telcon Industries
TYPE  Portable
ORIGIN  U.S.A.
YEAR  1983
END OF PRODUCTION  1984
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  None
KEYBOARD  Detachable 95 keys with 19 function keys and numeric keypad
CPU  Z80-A
SPEED  4 Mhz.
RAM  64 KB
ROM  Unknown
TEXT MODES  80 chars. x 25 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  None
COLORS  Monochrome. 7'' green CRT
SOUND  Beeper
SIZE / WEIGHT  11 Kg.
I/O PORTS  Serial, Parallel, IEEE-488
BUILT IN MEDIA  2 x 380 KB 5'' diskette drives, single or double density
OS  CP/M
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in Power SupplyUnit (No batteries)
PRICE  $1,595


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