My favourite computer range – Amstrad CPC

The Amstrad CPC (short for Colour Personal Computer) was a home computer released in 1984 by British electronics company Amstrad. It was popular in the UK, Europe, and South America and was known for its affordability and colour graphics capabilities.

Amstrad CPC 464, 664 & 6128

The CPC series was based on the Zilog Z80 processor and ran on the AMSDOS operating system. It came in three models: the CPC 464, CPC 664, and CPC 6128. The 464 and 664 models had 64KB of memory and the 6128 had 128KB. The 464 and 664 came with a built-in cassette tape deck for storage, while the 6128 had a 3-inch floppy disk drive.

One of the main features of the CPC was its high-resolution color graphics, which were capable of displaying up to 27 colors at once. It also had a built-in character set for displaying text, and a number of software programs were available for tasks such as word processing and spreadsheets.

The CPC was popular with hobbyists and was used for gaming, programming, and general home computing tasks. It had a large library of software available, including games, educational programs, and productivity tools. It was also popular with businesses as a low-cost alternative to more expensive computers.

Although the CPC was eventually overshadowed by more advanced computers, it has a loyal fan base and is still remembered fondly by many people who owned and used one in the 1980s. Today, it is possible to emulate the CPC on modern computers, allowing enthusiasts to continue using and enjoying this classic home computer.

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