At one time, Data General was mentioned in the same breath as Digital Equipment Corp. as a premier provider of mid-range systems. In the early 1980s, the company started producing high-end, business-oriented microcomputers such as the Model 10.
The Data General/One created a stir when it was release in 1984. It offered a level of power and PC compatibility never before available in an under 10-pound package. Because of Data General’s corporate customer base, many DG/Ones were used by sales or field personnel. In 1986, DG introduced a bigger, heavier DG/One Model 2 that had an ELD and a 10MB hard drive standard. Hobbyists recognize the DG/One’s historical significance, making it a sought-after system. DG/Ones are not rare, but they aren’t common, either.
Data General Model 10 (1983, desktop)
Original Retail Price: $9,660
Base Configuration: 8086 CPU, CP/M-86, 128K RAM (768K max), 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, keyboard/keypad, serial and parallel ports
Video: 25-line x 80-column text
Important Options: MS-DOS, AOS, RDOS, or MP/AOS-SU; 15- or 30MB hard disk drive
Data General/One (Sept. 1984, laptop PC)
Original Retail Price: $2,895 to $5,595
Base Configuration: 4MHz 80C88 CPU, MS-DOS or CP/M-86, 128K RAM (512K max), 32K ROM, 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, 10.75-inch monochrome LCD, integral keyboard, two RS-232C ports, AC adapter, battery pack
Video: 25-line x 80-column text, 640 x 256 graphics
Size/Weight: 13.7 x 11.7 x 2.8 inches, 9.1 lbs.
Important Options: expansion chassis, internal or external modem, battery pack and charger, hard or soft carrying case, printer