Acorn Electron (1983)
Photo courtesy of Brian Warwick
The Acorn Electron is a scaled down version of the BBC Micro, most of the basic features of the BBC have been incorporated in the electron.
The Input / Output Facilities of the electron are not to the standard of the BBC, as it only has TV, Composite Video, RGB, Tape I/O and controller, as well as an expansion bus which is not documented at all.
At approximately half the cost of the BBC the Electron @ £199 (UK) was excellent value, with its high quality case and full QWERTY keyboard. The electron used the 6502 CPU and had a clock speed of 1.79 MHz with a 64ROM and 32K of RAM. The Electron used an expanded version of BBC BASIC with its unique assembler.
The Electron came with a very comprehensive manual with plenty of detail. All the basic keyword are covered individually, there are sections on the assembler as well as the operating system.
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