Video Technology Inc. (VTech) (Elk Grove Village, Ill.)

VTech was a significant producer of cheap home computers in the early and mid-1980s. Its VZ100 and VZ200 lines were sold worldwide under its own brand and many other brands such as Dick Smith, Dynasty, and Zeta.

The company also produced some of the best-known Apple II-compatible systems including the Laser 3000. Two custom designed LSI chips gave the Laser 3000 superior graphics and sound capabilities to the Apple II. Some might consider the Laser 2001 a game console, but its internals were similar to the Apple II-compatible Laser 3000.

Best known was the Laser 128, which was also sold under the Central Point Software brand in the U.S. VTech was the only maker of Apple clones to have reverse-engineered the Apple system ROMs, thus minimizing its legal liability with Apple. Laser 128s are not only common today, but one of the most collectible of the Apple clones.

VTech briefly sold several inexpensive PC-compatibles.

VTech VZ100 (1983, home computer)
Base Configuration: 3.58MHz Z80A CPU, 3K RAM (35K max), 8K ROM, integral Chiclet-style keyboard, cassette port, BASIC, AC adapter
Video: 16-line x 32-column text
Size/Weight: 11.3 x 6.25 x 1.95 inches, 3.3 lbs.
Important Options: parallel interface

VTech VZ200 (1983, home computer)
Original Retail Price: $100
Base Configuration: 3.58MHz Z80A CPU, memory and peripheral expansion buses, 4K RAM (64K max), 12K ROM, TV video and monitor ports, integral Chiclet-style keyboard, cassette port, Microsoft BASIC, AC adapter
Video: 16-line x 32-column text, eight colors
Size/Weight: 11.3 x 6.25 x 1.95 inches, 3.3 lbs.
Important Options: external 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, monochrome monitor, parallel interface, printer, joysticks, light pen, modem

VTech Laser 2001 (1983, Apple II-class desktop)
Base Configuration: 2MHz 6502A CPU, external expansion bus, 80K RAM (144K max), TV video port, integral Chiclet-style keyboard, parallel port, Microsoft BASIC, two joysticks, four-voice sound, AC adapter
Video: 256 x 192 graphics, 16 colors
Size/Weight: 13.3 x 9.4 x 2.3 inches, 6.6 lbs.
Important Options: Expansion Module Interface, DR10 Data Recorder, floppy disk drive, PP40 Graphics Printer/Plotter, modem

VTech Laser 3000 (Apple II-class desktop)
Original Retail Price: $695
Base Configuration: 2MHz 6502A, 64K RAM (256K max), 24K ROM, RGB and composite video ports, integral keyboard/keypad, parallel and cassette ports, Microsoft BASIC, four-channel sound
Video: 24-line x 80-column text, 560 x 192 graphics
Size/Weight: 19.5 x 9.8 x 3.5 inches, 8.6 lbs.
Important Options: Z80A or 8088 coprocessor, CP/M, expansion box, one or two 5.25-inch floppy disk drives, cassette recorder, RF modulator, monochrome or color monitor, RS-232 port, modem, joysticks, printer, printer/plotter

VTech Laser 128/Laser 128EX (Dec. 1985, Apple II-class desktop)
Original Retail Price: $479
Base Configuration: 3.6MHz 65C02 CPU, ProDOS or DOS 3.3, Apple-compatible expansion slot, 128K RAM (1MB max for 128EX), 32K ROM, 5.25-inch floppy disk drive, NTSC and RGB video ports, integral keyboard/keypad, RS-232C and parallel ports, Microsoft BASIC
Video: 80-column text, 16 colors
Size/Weight: 14.5 x 12.25 x 3.12 inches, 11.7 lbs.
Important Options: expansion box, 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, monochrome monitor, mouse, joysticks

VTech Laser Turbo XT (desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $1,099 to $1,599
Base Configuration: MS-DOS 2.1; eight ISA slots; 512K RAM (640K max); 5.25-inch floppy disk drive; composite video port; keyboard/keypad; RS-232, parallel, and game ports
Video: Hercules, CGA
Important Options: 20MB hard disk drive, EGA card, 12-inch monochrome or 14-inch color monitor, mouse, technical reference

VTech Laser Compact XT (1987, desktop PC)
Original Retail Price: $599 to $699
Base Configuration: 4.77MHz 8088-1 CPU; MS-DOS 3.21; 256K RAM (640K max); 8K ROM; 3.5- or 5.25-inch floppy disk drive; composite video port; integral keyboard/keypad; RS-232, parallel, and game ports
Video: Hercules, CGA
Size/Weight: 14.5 x 12.5 x 2.12 inches, 11.7 lbs.
Important Options: expansion box, EMS board, external hard disk drive, EGA card, 12-inch monochrome or 14-inch color monitor, mouse, joystick, technical reference

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