The Colour Genie was the successor of the Genie 1, Genie 2 and Genie 3. It was intended to compete with the Tandy Color Computer although it was not at all compatible with its model (Z80 microprocessor instead of a Motorola 6809 in the CoCo)
The graphic resolution wasn't as good as the CoCo, furthermore it was not possible to mix characters and graphics.
However, the machine was reliable and solidly built. It featured a good mechanical keyboard and even a little level display located above the keyboard, which allowed to set the recording level of the tape recorder to improve reliability when writing onto a tape.
It was the colour version of the VideoGenie/System 80 which were compatible with the TRS-80. It was never intended to compete with the CoCo, which wasn''t very successful anyway.
Thursday 16th November 2017
This was the first computer I ever bought with my own money. I bought it as a package with a rtty decoder and software. I wish I still had that setup.
btw, the first computer that the family had was a Video Genie Model 1. My cousin had a TRS-80 and we were going to get one of those but my dad saw an ad for the Video Genie and decided it was better value.
Saturday 26th May 2012
Jason (London - UK)
Yes that was it. It was distributed by the Colour Genie user mag Gum boot, at about the end of the era. Im afraid my genies and source tapes all ended up in a skip when I moved to America. :-(