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QX 10

The QX-10 was a robust small business computer that used tried and tested technology rather than anything too innovative. Nevertheless, it was designed to be complete in itself for both hardware and software.

It had an enhanced keyboard with 10 function keys and up to 16 fonts can be defined. It had a battery to save clock, date and a small 2048 characters buffer. It could use MS-DOS programs thanks to an optional 8088 card.

Byte magazine said in January 1983:
The QX-10 is, at first glance, not a revolutionary machine. Yet in many subtle ways it is. On the surface, its specs are not spectacular. But the real power of the machine lies in its careful integration of software and hardware. The software was designed with the hardware in mind and vice versa.

Such products reflect a growing concern for the user, a recognition that the old standards for hardware and software performance are no longer good enough. We need better-quality products, more attention to details, better-written manuals, and state-of-the-art features. Fortunately, the industry is listening.

TYPE  Professional Computer
YEAR  1982
KEYBOARD  Full stroke 103-key with numeric keypad and function keys
CPU  Zilog Z80-A
SPEED  4 Mhz.
RAM  64 KB (up to 256 KB) + 2 KB CMOS RAM Battery Backup
VRAM  32 KB to 128 KB
ROM  2 to 8 KB
TEXT MODES  80 columns x 24 lines
GRAPHIC MODES  640 x 400 pixels plus 16:1 Zoom
COLORS  Monochrome monitor
SOUND  Beeper
SIZE / WEIGHT  50.8 (W) x 30.4 (D) x 10.3 (H) (CPU) / 9.4 Kg (CPU), 5.5 Kg. (Monitor), 2.5 Kg. (Keyboard)
I/O PORTS  RS232, video, ADC, IEEE 488, 5 x expansion slots
BUILT IN MEDIA  one or two 340 KB 5.25'' disk-drives double side/density
OS  CP/M 80, TP/M
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in PSU 100 Watts
PERIPHERALS  Minitel emulation card (350 FF, january 1988)
PRICE  $2,900 - £1735 (U.K., 1984)
1990 FF (France, january 1988)

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