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IBM PCjr

IBM PCjr

Speed4.77 MHz
Memory64 KB

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Release Date: 10/20/1983
Manufacturer: IBM
Original Retail Price:
Adjusted Inflation Price:
$699.95
$1,678.04*
 
Announced at $700 but shipping at $1300, the 'JR' was doomed from the start. Considered by many to be a 'toy' IBM thought they could win the business of home users. Everything about this unit except the software is non-standard, but it did have some interesting features like a wireless (IR) keyboard. The 'chicklet' keyboard that shipped with the unit was quickly replaced with a more standard one and the machine was only produced for about a year before being discontinued. I'm sure even the Charlie Chaplin look-a-like that was used to endorse the system wasn't impressed.

 

This computer is currently interactive in the Museum.
 

User Comments
Anonymous on Friday, August 14, 2015
IBM PCjr was IBM's first mass marketed computer aimed for home computer market dominated by Commodore, Apple, Atari and Radio Shack. Unfortunately IBM crippled PCjr in terms of capabilities and expandability to ensure it didn't undermine sales of their more expensive fully featured IBM PC or IBM PC XT computers. Product failed as a result of being promoted as high-end elite computer when availability of comparable lower cost competing computers existed and bad timing into overcrowded market near the end of the first microcomputer industry bust that saw other manufacturers go bankrupt. 55%-60% incompatibly with current software caused issues especially those requiring over 128kb memory and double disk drives won't work e.g Lotus 1-2-3. Original "Entry" model used cartridges only as very few software came out on that medium. 64Kb RAM, 40-columns of text for TV or CRT monitor. TV adapter and Monitor cost extra. Original "Enhanced" model shipped with a single disk drive, extra 64kb RAM to 128Kb, 80-column display and support for two cartridges. All came without a monitor/TV adapter, printer, software and cables were sold separately. Accessories created for IBM PCjr included IBM-branded Joystick (substituted as a mouse for most applications) USD$40, IBM compact printer USD$175 plus cable USD$40, Color display USD$680 plus cable USD$20, Keyboard Cord USD$20, Internal Modem $20, Cassette Cable USD$30, PC DOS v2.1 USD$65, Basic USD$75 among others. IBM won't enter home consumer market again until 1990 with IBM PS/1.
MJ on Thursday, September 05, 2013
This was the first PC I ever used thanks to my parents for getting it for the family at the time.
FastMHz.com on Sunday, December 02, 2007
My PCjr still works...and I made a video to show it in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxwP66skxjM
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