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ACCESS Computer

The Access Computer had a 9.5" built-in screen (amber) and a built-in 80 CPS Dot Matrix Printer. It also had a built-in modem and came with a full range of software : CP/M, CBasic, Communication software, Perfect Writer, Speller, Filer and Calc.

The name of the machine was shortly changed to Actrix (Access Matrix) because of copyright issues.


From Tom Creviston:
I sold, maintained, studied, and used this computer. It was unique in that it had a detachable keyboard, TWO 5-1/4" disk drives, an EPSON MX-80 printer built-in to the top, a built-in 300 baud modem, a parallel printer port, a plug-in 8088 IBM-PC card, serial ports, and a full complement of CP/M software including the Perfect Word, DBase, CBasic, and a host of utilities that would make most programmers proud. I ran a FORTH operating system on this machine that ran my observatory for a long time.
It was the best portable at the time and still has features that beat "laptops" to this day. Such as input, communication, print apability, transportibility, throw it in the trunk and make it work later capability.

Bob Montgomery's opinion:
I developed the communications utility and various other programs for this computer. I worked for the company about a year as a contract programmer.
The computer included everything but the kitchen sink. Unfortunately, the design wasn't very well thought out and it wasn't very reliable.
Access Martix was founded by the same individual who manufactured boards for the Osborne transportable.

Michael O'Donnell recalls:
I bought one of these in 1983 and used it for about four years, until I replaced it with an IBM PS/2. Even then I continued to use it as a backup machine. I would have students use it to type in lecture notes, then send them to the IBM via the built-in modem (across the hall).
I found it to be pretty stable, and it never broke down on me. But this computer was "portable" only if you needed a weight lifting workout. Mine came with CP/M and lots of Basic software; I programmed statistical routines in basic with this.

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I also have an Actrix (Access Matrix) computer in my closet. I bought it in early 1983 as my first computer and it served me well. I was doing long-term consulting work in two different locations, so its all-in-one functionality came in very handy. With its built in printer and modem, it provided me with what was essentially a mobile office. I bought a padded case to protect it and checked it in as luggage on flights. Not long after purchasing the Actrix, I opted for a factory upgrade that added an Intel 8088 CPU, double-sided floppy drives, and a 256K memory chip that could be used as a RAM drive C:. The Actrix would boot into CPM or DOS depending upon which system was detected in Drive A. In MS-DOS mode, I was able to run Lotus 1-2-3. Using the memory chip as a RAM drive speeded up recalculations immensely. Being able to print out reports and graphs wherever I happened to be was very empowering. In addition, the Actrix provided me with an introduction to computer games like Rogue and Ladders. Eventually, I purchased a Zenith desktop computer for home office use (with a 5 Megabyte hard drive!) but continued to use my Actrix on the road. All in all, the Actrix was a great investment at the right time.

Sunday 5th February 2023
Daniel Shaffer (United States)

I have my 1983 Access Matrix in the closet (literally) and haven''t started in back up in several years. I still have all the software and documentation and was wondering if there was any market out there for one.

Sunday 26th August 2018
Robert Neal (United States)

I purchased an Access in December of 1984, about the time they were gong off the market. I used it for several years and produced a variety of publications that I printed with the machine. My son did some programming for me in Basic and the machine ran them very well. Even though it was heavy, 30 lbs+, I found that the 60 K memory and the portability were remarkable compared to the IBM 1620 that I first used in 1963 which had 60 K memory but required an air-conditioned room of moderate size. I haven' used the Access in years, but I still have it alo0ng with all the original manuals, something modern computers, such as my current Dell, lack, as well as all the original disks. I look upon it as another of the many antiques that fill my house.

Saturday 16th August 2008
William Sevon (USA)


TYPE  Transportable
YEAR  1982
KEYBOARD  Full stroke keyboard with numeric keypad
CPU  Zilog Z80A
SPEED  Unknown
RAM  64 KB
ROM  Unknown
TEXT MODES  80 chars x 24 lines
COLORS  Monochrome (9.5 built-in amber display)
SOUND  Unknown
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown / 17 Kg
I/O PORTS  Parallel ans Serial ports, modem cups on the top
BUILT IN MEDIA  Two 5.25'' disk-drives
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply unit
PRICE  Unknown

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