Amstrad PCW 9256

The Amstrad PCW series was a range of personal computers produced by British company Amstrad from 1985 to 1998, and also sold under licence in Europe as the "Joyce" by the German electronics company Schneider in the early years of the series' life. When it was launched, the cost of a PCW system was under 25% of the cost of almost all IBM-compatible PC systems in the UK. As a result PCWs became very popular in the home and small office markets, both in the UK and in Europe, and persuaded many technophobes to venture into using computers. However the last two models, introduced in the mid-1990s, were commercial failures, being squeezed out of the market by the falling prices, greater capabilities and wider range of software for IBM-compatible PCs. The last model branded as a PCW was totally incompatible with the earlier ones.The PCW 9512, introduced in 1987 at a price of £499 plus VAT, had a white-on-black screen instead of green-on-black, and the bundled printer was a daisy-wheel model instead of a dot-matrix printer. These models also had a parallel port, allowing non-Amstrad printers to be attached. The 9512 was also supplied with version 2 of the Locoscript word processor program which included spellchecker and mail merge facilities. In all other respects the 9512's facilities were the same as the 8512's.

In 1991 the 9512 was replaced by the PCW 9256 and 9512+, both equipped with a single 3½-inch disk drive that could access 720 KB. The 9512+ had 512 KB of RAM, and two printer options, the Amstrad daisy-wheel unit and a series of considerably more expensive Canon inkjet printers: initially the BJ10e, later the BJ10ex and finally the BJ10sx. The 9256 had 256 KB of RAM and the same dot matrix printer as the 8256 and 8512, as well as the older Locoscript version 1. The PCW9256, in particular, a model released in 1991 and sported a 3.5" drive instead of the more traditional (for Amstrad) 3"

Our 9256 has a serial number of 541-1821?50 and the keyboard has a serial number of 591-1Y04195

Manufacturer: Amstrad
Date: 1990

Magazines RELATED to Amstrad PCW 9256 in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
Personal Computer World - October 1985 01-10-1985
Practical Computing - November 1985 November 1985
Personal Computer World Special: Business Computing The 1986 Survival Guide April 1986
Your Computer - May 1986 May 1986
Personal Computer World - May 1986 01-05-1986
Personal Computer World - June 1986 01-06-1986
Personal Computer World - July 1986 01-07-1986
Practical Computing - August 1986 August 1986
Personal Computer World - October 1987 01-10-1987
Practical Computing - November 1987 November 1987
Your Computer - November 1987 November 1987
Personal Computer World - December 1987 December 1987
The Micro Designer - Issue 4 - October 1990 Creative Technology October 1990
Personal Computer World - February 1996 February 1996

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH24498. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

Amstrad PCW 9256

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