Mattel Aquarius

The Mattel Aquarius had a short lived life in the history of computing. It was released in 1983, but its technical capabilities really didn't allow it to compete with other machines that were already established in the market place.

The machine was based around the Zilog Z80 processor but had limited RAM, just 4K (although it was expandable to 20K), and basic sound and graphics. It used Microsoft Basic. Due to these limitations the released software packages were relatively uninpressive, and the Aquarius was discontinued just four months after release due to very poor sales.

I seem to remember the Aquarius being sold in catalogues like the Gratten Catalogue and not so much in the high street, but I could be wrong.

The machine was actually made by a company called Radofin in Hong Kong, who were more well known for thier games console machines of the time.

Manufacturer: Mattel
Date: 1st June 1983

Comment on This Page

Mattel Aquarius Articles:

Item Manufacturer Date
4k Memory Expansion for the Mattel Aquarius Aquarius Unknown
16k Memory Expansion for the Mattel Aquarius Aquarius Unknown
Aquarius Data Recorder Aquarius 1982
Aquarius Mini Expander Aquarius 1982

Magazines RELATED to Mattel Aquarius in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
Your Computer - July 1983 Jul 1983
Personal Computer World - November 1983 Nov 1983
Personal Computer World - January 1984 Jan 1984

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH502. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


Mattel Aquarius

  Book Archive   [1]
  Games Archive   [1]
  Software Archive   [1]
  Peripherals   [4]

Click on the Image(s) For Detail

User Submitted Articles

Add Your Article >>>

Help support the museum by buying from the museum shop

View all items

Founding Sponsors
redgate Google ARM Real VNC Microsoft Research
Heritage Lottery Funded
Heritage Lottery Fund
Accredited Museum