Leading Edge was primarily a marketing company that started out selling other brand or rebranded peripherals. You might remember its ads for the Gorilla Banana printer or Elephant floppy disk media from the 1980s. In 1983, the company introduced a line of PCs under its own brand but manufactured in Japan by Mitsubishi (which used the same design for the Sperry PC). Its most popular system, the Model D, was made by the Daewoo Group in Korea.
Leading Edge Personal Computer System (Nov. 1983, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $2,895
Base Configuration: 7.16MHz 8088-2 CPU; MS-DOS 1.25; seven ISA slots; 128K RAM; two 5.25-inch floppy disk drives; 12-inch monochrome monitor; keyboard/keypad; RS-232 and parallel ports; GW-BASIC; Leading Edge Word Processing Program; owner’s, technical reference, and software manuals
Video: 25-line x 80-column text, 640 x 200 graphics
Size/Weight: 18 x 16.5 x 5.3 inches, 47 lbs.
Important Options: CGA
Leading Edge Model D Personal Computer (1985, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $1,495
Base Configuration: 4.77MHz 8088, MS-DOS, four ISA slots, 256K RAM (640K max), two 5.25-inch floppy disk drives, 12-inch monochrome monitor, RGB video port, keyboard/keypad, RS-232 and parallel ports, Leading Edge Word Processing Program
Size/Weight: 14 x 15.5 x 5.5 inches
Important Options: 10MB hard disk drive, 14-inch color CRT