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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.




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I have a complete system: computer, monitor, documentation, distribution floppies. It does not run$ I suspect the battery is dead. Is there a market for this machine—perhaps in the retrocomputer circle?

          
Tuesday 21st January 2014
Lawrence H Iverson (Metairie, Louisiana, USA)

I bought a QX10 in late 1984. The later versions of Valdocs worked rather well. We had a users group in the Detroit area that lasted into the 1990s. Eventually we all had to buy something that could to Windows. There was a group of court reporters who used that exclusively well into the late 1990s too Great machine for a starter. A lot more user friendly that the Apple or IBM of that time. Still have one in the basement but it doesn$t load in the left drive anymore. Cheers.

          
Wednesday 25th December 2013
Dave C (USA)

I seem to remember purchasing my first QX10 around 1983. As a newly minted freelance writer, I was beyond finished with typewriters of all kinds, and the thought of simple correction and printing only the final product seemed like heaven to me. Eventually, as I needed a part-time assistant, I acquired a second one, and eventually my now-husband also bought a used one in order to be able to work on projects at either his home or mine. All used ValDocs, and they certainly got the job done. I kept them for many years after they no longer were in use, but eventually did end up taking two of them to recycling, since even the offer to donate to an organization like this one was rebuffed and the basement only is so big. $) I still do have one, as well as the ValDocs disks AND the giant binder of support info. I would love to find someone in the market for all of it before it, too, ends up meeting a sad end. Good memories of the beginnings of my ongoing love/hate relationship with PCs!

          
Tuesday 1st November 2011
Cheryl (Metro Detroit, MI, USA)

 

NAME  QX 10
MANUFACTURER  Epson
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  Japan
YEAR  1982
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  None
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
COLOrsc  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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