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Dragon 64

Postby Ice Breaker » Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:39 am

These have been available as 'new' for sometime, but before the supply runs out, I was thinking of picking up one (example: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tano-Dragon-64- ... 0927766749 and here: http://www.cadigital.com/computer.htm). I was going to pick up a CoCo 3 new some years back while Cloud9 had them, but sadly, they're now only refurbished. Has anyone ever picked one of these up before or used one before?
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Re: Dragon 64

Postby SteveW » Thu Jul 18, 2013 1:18 pm

Nope, but I've been kicking the idea of getting one around for years now, after reading that the original US distributor still has a warehouse full of them after all this time. I guess bringing a British rip-off of an American home computer to market in the US wasn't the greatest idea, considering how difficult it would be for users to source Dragon 64 specific software in 1984 in comparison to Tandy Color Computer software, what with Radio Shacks pretty much being everywhere at that time. Which would you buy, an original or a knock-off which might not be completely compatible?
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Re: Dragon 64

Postby Ice Breaker » Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:22 am

I sent them a note and they said they still have a bunch. $49 + 25 shipping isn't a bad price for a brand new 30 year old computer.

You have to remember, the Dragon didn't do well in the UK either. And it was sorta compatible... with BASIC programs. The rest? Not so much. It looks like both the Dragon and the CoCo were based off the 6809 'reference' board - you know, what the chip manufacturer thought would be a complete circuit to turn it into a computer. So instead of maybe trying to create their own design, they just used the example and ran with it.

Still, I'm always curious about hardware so I need to pick one of these up.
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