The Olivetti PC 128S was exactly the same machine as the Acorn BBC Master compact. It was sold only in Italy.
Olivetti merely transformed the case design with nice blue and grey patterns and translated all the programs of the original Acorn Welcome disk, as well as the manual into Italian language.
Although it was one of the most advanced 8-bit computer, the PC 128S, like its predecessor, the PC 128, didn't meet a large success, mainly because it came to late on the market, just at the time when the new Atari and Commodore 16-bit machines were launched in Europe.
just an update... i repair my pc128s by replacing the via 6522, and attached to a lcd tv by modding the original rgb cable (that hadn''t the 5v wire attached!!!). Now i''m fully satisfied with my Olivetti Prodest!!!!
Sunday 22nd July 2012
I (re)bought a pc128s a few days ago! i had to changed the floppy, and it worked... for few minutes! :( then it freezed and now it start with continuos beeeep and only break key working... :( and the monitor burned with lot of smoke after an half an hour it was on! what a pity, a 25 years old computer, used only for a bit!!!
Saturday 16th June 2012
The initially price of the PC128s is litalian lire 660.000 + IVA. about 342 euro + IVA (20$ tax). Bye