To learn a few interesting facts about the first home computer which was sold under $100, simply continue reading to discover everything that you need to know about the classic Timex Sinclair 1000.
A guide to the Timex Sinclair 1000:
When it was released it was the cheapest home computer available:
When the Timex Sinclair 1000 was first released in July in 1982 it was the cheapest home computer available. In fact Timex Sinclair marketed it as being the very first home computer which was priced under $100 US dollars. As it was priced at $99.95. If you’re curious $99.95 in 1982 is roughly equivalent to $275 today.
It was one of the first home computers to be sold fully assembled:
It may be hard to believe but prior to 1982 the vast majority of home computers which were sold had to be assembled out of the box. Which put a lot of everyday individuals off purchasing their first home computer. One of the reasons why the Timex Sinclair 1000 was so popular is that it could be purchased fully assembled.
Individuals would use their TV monitor as their home computer’s monitor:
The Timex Sinclair 1000 did not come with a monitor and instead would plug into individuals TVs. Which would then act as fully functioning computer monitor. The fact that the Timex Sinclair 1000 was designed to be used with a TV screen as its monitor made the Timex Sinclair 1000 a lot cheaper to produce then previous home computers. Many of which were priced too highly for ordinary individuals who were curious about purchasing their very first home computer.
Within a single year Timex Sinclair had sold over 600,000 units:
Within a single year of production, Timex Sinclair had successfully sold over 600,000 units of the Timex Sinclair 1000 in Northern America. An impressive statistic in a time period where a small percentage of the US population owned a home computer.
Third party companies were formed to create extra functions for the Timex Sinclair 1000:
Just as there are countless companies such as app development companies which have been created to produce apps for Apple and Android smart phones, when the Timex Sinclair 1000 was produced a wide variety of third party companies were founded to create extra functions for the Timex Sinclair 1000.
Hopefully you now have a better understanding of why the Timex Sinclair 1000 was so popular and forever changed the world of home computers in North America.