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Dragon 32

Dragon 32

Speed0.9 MHz
Memory32 KB

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Release Date: 1/1/1982
Manufacturer: Dragon Data
 
In the early 1980s Dragon Computer Systems introduced the Dragon 32 in Europe to some reasonable success. The Dragon 32 was modeled after the Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer with some notable improvements including a full-sized keyboard. The Dragon was somewhat TRS-80 compatible and most CoCo cartridges would work in the Dragon.

User Comments
Richard on Thursday, December 20, 2012
I got my Dragon 32 from The Bay at Sherway Gardens here in Etobicoke, Ontario... my first computer as a kid! This was 1982 or 83. It was pretty good, but suffered from a lack of software beyond the core cartridges and tapes Dragon made available over here. We even got a guy at the Sherway Gardens Radio Shack write some printer software drivers (or he made a custom printer cable - I can't remember which!) so we could run a dot matrix printer. We also had to rely on trips to the UK to get books or programs. Of course, by Christmas that year The Bay dropped the Dragon and we were left in the cold. And Dragon died within a couple years anyways. But it still got a couple more years of use thanks to TRS-80 CoCo magazines and some shortwave radio software from the UK (we had to cover portions of the Dragon in tinfoil as it seemed to interfere with everything within 50 ft)
David Edge on Sunday, April 18, 2010
I'm in Manchester, England, this was my first system back in the early eighties, I connected it to a 12" black and white portable tv set, cassette recorder and microswitched joystick. During the christmas period the year I recieved it the whole family where obsessed with Superior Software's "Hunchback". Although I was in the uk the software available was very limited and I soon upgraded to an Acorn Electron...I have great memories of the Dragon and I'm currently looking for a good example on ebay. I am looking forward to the pc being personal again.
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