EG3003 Video Genie System

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The Video Genie System (or simply Genie) was a series of computers produced by Hong Kong-based manufacturer EACA in the early 1980s. It was based on the Zilog Z80, which ran at 1.76MHz. They were compatible with the Tandy TRS-80 Model I computers and could be considered a clone although there were hardware and software differences.

The Video Genie System unit included a keyboard, integral cassette player, power supply, and video and UHF modulator outputs. In early 1980 the Video Genie System cost £425 including VAT. However you needed to provide a monitor.


Video: Monochrome
           64x16 / 32x16 uppercase text
           128x48 block graphics
           Composite video output, cable included
           RF tv signal output, cable included
 16 KB RAM, expandable to 48 KB
 12 KB ROM containing Microsoft LEVEL II BASIC

The computers making up the series were the:

  • Video Genie System (EG3003 - first version, early/mid 1980)
  • Video Genie System (EG3003 - second version, late 1980)
  • Genie I (EG3003 - third version, late 1981)
  • Genie II (EG3008 - late 1981)
  • Genie III (EG3200 - mid-1982) - a more business-oriented machine with CP/M-compatibility.

This example in our collection is the second version of the EG3003 that dates from late 1980.

Although Video Genie was the name used in Western Europe, the machines were sold under different names in other countries. In Australia and New Zealand they were known as the Dick Smith System 80 MK I (EG3003) and System 80 MK II (EG3008). In North America they were sold as the PMC-80 and PMC-81.

The EG 3003 in our collection is complete with:
EG 100 Monitor
EG 3013 Expander
EG 400 Disk drive unit

All kindly donated by Mr Tim Rose

Manufacturer: EACA Computer Ltd
Date: 1980

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Other Systems Related To EG3003 Video Genie System:

Item Manufacturer Date
EG3008 Genie II Microcomputer System EACA Computer Ltd 1980
EG2000 Colour Genie EACA Computer Ltd 1st January 1982

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH61733. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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