Unboxing the TRS-80 Color Computer 2

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Seamus Byrne is the Editor of CNET Australia. At other times he'll be found messing with apps, watching TV, building LEGO, and rolling dice. Usually at the same time.

Grab your rose-tinted glasses and get your data cassettes ready as CNET Australia's Seamus Byrne unboxes the not-so-classic 1980s home computer, the Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer 2.

From the data cassettes to the type-it-yourself software options, the TRS-80 hails from a time when getting your hands on some code was the only option and 64 kilobytes was enough for everybody.

Yes, we've been exploring a few pieces of old tech we've discovered around the CNET Australia offices — and our homes — this summer. Make sure to watch Nic Healey's Nokia N-Gage unboxing, and keep your eyes open for a few more still to come.

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DavidU1 posted a comment   

I had 2 trs-80 model 1's, Apple ][, Commodore 64, vic-20, Bit-90, Amiga, AMstrad CPC464,PPC plus countless others including the COCO. It was as good or better than most of the others of it's time. IT was reasonably priced and had good games.
Very eay to use for simple mome business applications as well. Anyone think otherwise needs to get in their deLorean and revisit the 80's

 

ohnoudidnt posted a comment   
China

Don't see any value in this video. Several factual errors and otherwise just silly nonsense.

What might actually be interesting to your readers would be some info about the growing popularity of retro computing. All kinds of projects are being done right now on the Tandy CoCo series and many other 8 bit systems. These older machines have a unique appeal to the hacker/hobbyist. Not only is there the nostalgia factor that many of us who grew up with such a machine feel, but there is the ongoing challenge of finding ways to make a very limited machine do things nobody even thought of back in their heyday.

Or make some more silly nonsense vids. I guess.

 

JohnH15 posted a comment   

HA, that's nothing.. Our family was given a ADAM by Coleco Vision. Talk about wishing for Spell Check after typing everything saving it to a MagnaCassete listening to the drive zip, zap forward and back to write data. And don't get me started on printing.. YUCK! Bring forward the evil Daisy Wheel. Yes this little ball with all the letters would hammer in the hell of the night with a defining slam on the paper. By the way, if you made a mistake on a term paper.. Well that sucks better write it again, because during the early 80's spell check did not exist yet. So hello dictionary.

http://www.pong-picture-page.de/catalog/images/DSCN1947.JPG

 

BradP1 posted a comment   

That was my first, but I'm waiting for someone to ask:

"What's a Cassette?"

 

PeterV2 posted a comment   
Australia

I was 14 when this model came out. We (the computer club guys) thought it was crap then. And I still do. Always hated the trash80 series. Apple ][ forever

 

BrianB5 posted a comment   

What a frickin' joke of an unboxing video. I realize he was trying to be humorous, but, come on. The reviewer COULD have taken the time to familiarize himself with the subject at hand. And what's with the line 'the not-so-classic 1980's home computer'? As a current owner of one of these machines I find the condescension very insulting. Like several other comments have stated - this was a very poorly done video.

If you don't have a clue of what the subject material is about, do yourself, and the rest of us, a big favor and don't do a video, article or any other type of informational media.

 

GlenV posted a comment   

I agree, it really is very insulting to people that know and grew up with the system- or any CoCo for that matter. Cnet should pull this video until the reviewer does some homework on the system.

 

MTW posted a comment   
Canada

The reviewer was very sarcastic and insulting to many of the past and present Coco Enthusiasts. Perhaps you should do some research into a system before posting a video review which contained no depth or any real thought.
What you showed were the basics of the package and not the true capabilities of it. Many people had worked really hard to make the Tandy Colour Computer series a very capable machine and they still produce some really amazing things considering all the changes in tech.
BTW the first Tandy Computer was not 16K it was 4K of RAM.
If you cannot review it correctly then don't do it at all. Your only looking like a Jack-**** to everyone that knows the system.

 

MTW posted a reply   
Canada

Perhaps a challenge to the editor to research the system and redo the video and redeem the many of us that now have a bad taste in our mouths for CNet.au

 

GlenV posted a comment   

A few Criticisms here,
First, the CoCo 2 is available for next to nothing on e-bay, the reviewer could have got a nice white one and did the unit some actual credit that it deserves.
Second (although expensive in 82-83), both a single and double floppy drive system and hard disk were available for the CoCo (through both Radio Shack and third party) and one was not limited to a casette unit.
There was every imaginable option at the time from graphics tablets, to modems.
In North America, this was the unit that competed with the C64, as they were very inexpensive ($99 USD) and they had tons of programs, and there was a Radio Shack store in every Mall.
Like other commenters have pointed out, the reviewer did not go into the technical aspects of the system, nor did he mention that this system could run OS9.
It's very obvious the Reviewer did not do any research on the unit, and had no prior experience with it which is a real shame and doesn't stand up to cnet's usual standards.


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