IBM Displaywriter

IBM's Office Products Division announced the Displaywriter in June 1980 as an easy-to-use, low-cost desktop text processing system. The Displaywriter System enabled operators to produce high quality documents while keying at rough draft speed. Users could automatically indent text; justify right margins, center and underscore. They could also store a document and recall it for review or revision, and could check the spelling of approximately 50,000 commonly used words. While these features are taken for granted in the post-PC era, they were novel for a time when most documents were created, formatted and revised on manual or electric typewriters.

The Displaywriter's "intelligence" came in 160K, 192K or 224K bytes of memory. Single diskette drive diskette units with a capacity for approximately 284,000 characters of information were available. As requirements increased, customers could upgrade to a dual drive diskette unit. Optional communications features enabled the Displaywriter to distribute information quickly over ordinary telephone lines.

A basic system — consisting of a display with a typewriter-like keyboard and a logic unit, a printer and a device to record and read diskettes capable of storing more than 100 pages of average text — cost $7,895 and leased for $275 a month. A system of three displays sharing a single higher speed printer and a paper handler sold for $26,185 and leased for $845 a month. The Displaywriter was not your father's Selectric.

Manufacturer: IBM
Date: 1980

IBM Displaywriter Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
IBM Displaywriter Manual Book 7 - Working with columns IBM June 1983

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH1102. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

IBM Displaywriter


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