The Mindset is the computer that the PCjr should have been. It was more powerful and offered superior graphics capability thanks to a custom two-chip graphics co-processor. The Mindset system could generate images at a 320- by 200-pixel resolution in 16 colors, or 640- by 400-pixel resolution in two colors. Although the Mindset PC could run most MS-DOS software, developers had to produce custom versions to take advantage of the enhanced graphics. Few did, and the Mindset faded not long after its introduction. The Expansion Unit adds up to 224K RAM and two floppy drives. It matches the dimensions of the main Mindset system and sits atop it. Without the Expansion Unit, the Mindset is not much more than a game system.
Mindset Personal Computer (May 1984, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $1.099 to $2,398
Base Configuration: 6MHz 80186 CPU, MS-DOS 2.0, two ROM cartridge slots, 32K RAM (256K max), 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, TV video port, keyboard/keypad
Video: 640 x 400 graphics, 16 colors
Size/Weight: 16 x 12.2 x 2.8 inches, 6 lbs.
Important Options: Expansion Unit, second 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, monochrome or color monitor, mouse, RS-232 and parallel interfaces, graphics and CAD/CAM software, Programmer’s Development Library, joysticks, modem, carrying case, sound module