Tandy announces the TRS-80 computer

3rd August 1977
Tandy announces the TRS-80 computer

Tandy Corporation, known for its chain of Radio Shack electronics retail stores, announces the TRS-80 Model I, the company's first personal computer. The TRS-80 was launched at a press conference held at Manhattan's Warwick Hotel in New-York city on the 3rd of August 1977.

The TRS-80 was one of the first mass-marketed personal computers, along with the Commodore PET and Apple II. Radio Shack sold more than 200,000 TRS-80 computers.

The TRS-80 Model I system included three components, each priced separately:

  • The computer, including power supply and built-in keyboard, $399.95
  • A 12-inch monitor, $199.95
  • A Realistic CTR-41 tape cassette recorder, $49.95

The press release for the TRS-80 read as follows:

The latest development in electronics for the home, according to Radio Shack, is a complete, low-cost microcomputer system.

Just introduced by the nationwide electronics store chain is the new Radio Shack TRS-80 Microcomputer System. Not a kit, the TRS-80 comes completely wired and tested, ready to plug in and use.

Uses for the microcomputer around the home could include personal finance management and evaluation of investment portfolios. In the kitchen the TRS-80 may be used for storing recipes, keeping a running inventory of groceries, menu planning and converting recipes for larger or smaller servings than usual.

For the student in the home, the TRS-80 can be used as an aid to learning mathematics, music theory and virtually any subject through programmed teaching methods. And, just for fun, a variety of game programs will be available, including blackjack and backgammon.

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