Eagle Computer Inc. (Los Gatos, Calif.)

The story of Eagle Computer is a sad one. The company launched a line of popular CP/M systems in 1980/1981. By 1983, it was considered one of the premier manufacturers of IBM-compatibles–on par with the likes of Compaq. The company went public that year, but on the day of the IPO, company founder and CEO Dennis Barnhart was killed in a car crash. Eagle was forced to rescind the stock issue and re-issue it the following week. Eagle was out of business within a few years. Today its IBM-compatibles are among the most collectible in their class.

Eagle renamed its Eagle Model I, II, III, and IV systems the Eagle IIE Series in April 1983. The only difference among the models was in storage capability. For example, the Model I was a single-floppy system and the Model IV had both floppy and hard disk drives. The change occurred as Eagle was switching product emphasis to its PC-compatible lines. The E in IIE stood for “economy,” as the company repositioned its CP/M systems to the low end. At least 7,500 IIE systems were sold.

The Eagle PC was more compatible with IBM software than many of its competitors. An Eagle Plus XL, introduced at about the same time as the Eagle Plus, had a 10MB hard disk drive as standard equipment. A Spirit XL portable with only one floppy drive and a 10MB hard disk drive was also available.

Eagle Computer Eagle IIE Series (a.k.a. Eagle Model I, Model II, Model III, Model IV) (Sept. 1981, desktop)
Original Retail Price: $1,595 to $3,995
Base Configuration: 4MHz Z80A CPU, CP/M, 64K RAM, 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, integral monochrome CRT, integral keyboard/keypad, two RS-232 and two parallel ports, CBASIC, application suite
Video: 24-line x 80-column text
Important Options: second 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 10MB hard disk drive, daisy-wheel printer

Eagle Computer Eagle 1600 Series (July 1983, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $4,495 to $8,995
Base Configuration: 8MHz 8086 CPU, MS-DOS and CP/M-86, eight ISA slots, 128K RAM (512K max), 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 10MB hard disk drive, 12-inch monochrome monitor, keyboard/keypad, two RS-232C and one parallel port, application suite
Important Options: 32MB hard disk drive, videotape backup drive, CGA card

Eagle Computer Eagle PC Series (Aug. 1983, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $1,995 to $4,495
Base Configuration: 4.77MHz 8088 CPU, MS-DOS and CP/M-86, three ISA slots, 64K RAM (512K max), 5.25-inch floppy disk drove, 12-inch monochrome monitor, keyboard/keypad, two serial and one parallel port, owner’s manual
Video: 720 x 352 graphics
Size/Weight: 20.5 x 5.75 x 13 inches, 30 lbs.
Important Options: 10- or 32MB hard disk drive, CGA card, GW-BASIC, application suite

Eagle Computer Eagle Plus (Dec. 1983, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $2,395 to $2,795
Base Configuration: 4.77MHz 8088 CPU, MS-DOS 2.0 and CP/M-86, four ISA slots, 128K RAM (640K max), 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, keyboard/keypad, two serial and parallel ports
Size/Weight: 20.5 x 5.75 x 13 inches
Important Options: second 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, videotape backup drive, 12-inch monochrome or 14-inch color monitor, CGA or hi-res monochrome card

Eagle Computer Eagle Turbo XL (1984, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $4,995
Base Configuration: 8MHz 8086 CPU, five ISA slots, 256K RAM (512K max), 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, 10MB hard disk drive, keyboard/keypad, parallel port
Video: 25-line x 80-column text, 720 x 352 graphics
Important Options: 12-inch monochrome or 13-inch color monitor, CGA or hi-res monochrome card, serial interface, EagleNet I LAN software

Eagle Computer Eagle Spirit (Dec. 1983, transportable PC)
Original Retail Price: $3,295
Base Configuration: 4.77MHz 8088 CPU, MS-DOS and CP/M-86, four ISA slots, 128K RAM (640K max), two 5.25-inch floppy disk drives, integral 9-inch monochrome CRT, keyboard/keypad, two serial and one parallel port
Video: 640 x 200 graphics
Size/Weight: 19.37 x 8.37 x 15.5 inches, 32.5 lbs.
Important Options: CGA or hi-res monochrome card, FlexMenu and FlexKey software

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