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oooh awesome! ebay finally alerted me to a Laser Compact XT! I've been looking for one of these computers for a while now, they're very neat
It was in box too!
So the Laser Compact XT is a weird-ass computer.
See, there was the Apple IIc, a compact version of the Apple II, with built in disk drive and ram expansion. Coming out in 1984, it basically took an upgraded Apple IIe and squished it into a smaller box.
So in 1986, VTech (the people who make all those educational "computer" toys) announced the Laser 128.
It's a Apple IIc clone, with a similar case and decent Apple II compatibility.
And then in 1988 VTech decides "screw it, you know what people want more than Apple IIs? IBM PCs!" and stuffs an IBM XT clone into the same box they were using for the Laser 128.
Giving an Apple-II styled IBM PC. It's madness, and it's beautiful.
It's got 512kb/640kb of ram installed, CGA/EGA graphics, and runs at 4.77/8/10mhz, depending on versions.
No hard drive, boots MS DOS 3.21 off the floppy drive.
The 8-bit-guy did a video where he restored one:
Someone gave me a Laser 128 when I was a teenager, but I never really did anything with it. I had no Apple II software, so I basically just had a computer that could only boot into BASIC, and I could already do that on plenty of my other computers.
So I donated it to somewhere
but as a fan of Weird PC Clones, I'd definitely love to get my hands on a Compact XT/XTE.
They're so weird.
They're kinda like an attempt at mimmicking the Tandy 1000 EX/HX all-in-ones, but stuffed in a Apple IIc-clone case because WHY NOT?
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