Oric Products International Ltd. (Berkshire, U.K.)

The Oric was the first British color system to sell for less than £100. The system initially sold well, particularly in France. However, it was replaced by the Atmos within a year. The Atmos had similar specifications to the Oric-1, but came in a sexier looking black case with a real keyboard. It also fixed a few bugs in the ROM.

French firm Eureka Informatique bought Oric in 1985 and later introduced the Telestrat. This system was designed to be used with France’s Minitel online information system (although it worked just fine as a standalone computer). The Telestrat was software and hardware compatible with both the Oric-1 and Atmos.

Reader Christopher Peter adds:

“February 13, 2014 at 10:03 pm: I used to own an Oric-1, later upgraded to the Atmos (which had a much better keyboard and was a lot less buggy). Many a misspent hour of my youth spent on that.”

Oric-I (1983, home computer)
Original Retail Price: £100 to £170
Base Configuration: 6502A CPU, expansion port, 16K RAM (48K max), 16K ROM, PAL and RGB video ports, integral Chiclet-style keyboard, parallel and cassette ports, three-voice sound
Video: 28-line x 40-column text, 240 x 200 graphics, eight colors
Size/Weight: 2 x 10.9 x 6.8 inches, 2.4 lbs.
Important Options: external 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, modem, Speed Printer

Oric Atmos (Feb. 1984, home computer)
Base Configuration: 2MHz 6502A CPU, expansion port, 48K RAM, 16K ROM, PAL and RGB video ports, integral keyboard, parallel and cassette ports, Tangerine BASIC
Video: 28-line x 40-column text, 240 x 200 graphics, eight colors
Important Options: 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, modem, printer

Oric Telestrat (1986, home computer)
Base Configuration: 1MHz 6502 CPU; Stratsed operating system, expansion port; 64K RAM; 48K ROM; RGB video port; integral keyboard; RS-232C, parallel, MIDI, cassette, and two game ports, three-voice sound
Video: 28-line x 40-column text, 240 x 200 graphics, eight colors
Size/Weight: 13.6 x 10.1 x  2.8 inches
Important Options: 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, printer, modem

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