CGL Sord M5
The Sord M5 was a Japanese home computer launched in 1982. In the UK it was distributed by CGL (Computer Games Limited) and rebranded as the CGL M5, arriving on these shores a year later. The CGL version was blue and grey, whereas the original Sord version was dark grey, with bright orange in side. This entry refers to the UK version.
This is one of a plethora of machines that found it’s way to market in the UK in 1983, when it seemed that a new micro was launching every week, the machine, arrived at a price point above the ZX Spectrum at £149.99 did not do very well, as it joined an already saturated market, and did not have the software library to compete with the already established machines.
Software was loaded into the machine via cassette, but was not numerous, there were also updated basic and games cartridges.
It had Chiclet keys similar to the Sinclair Spectrum, but with the bottom right corner shaved off.
The processor was a Zilog Z80 , runninng at 3.58 MHz
Video Hardware consisted of 24x40 text (8x6 characters), 224 user defined characters, 256x192 graphics, 16 colours, 32 hardware sprites (up to 16x16 pixels).
Sound Hardware had 3 sound channels, 1 noise channel, 6 octaves, 15 amplitude levels.
SN: 23C 02470
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