Aquarius

Aquarius - 01

When the Keyboard Component project was canceled, Mattel searched in a
hurry to produce a small and cheap computer.
They contacted Radofin Electronics Far East, based in Honk-Kong,
who was manufacturing most of the Intellivision products.
Radofin had just developped a line of three Z80 based computers.
Mattel decided to sell the two first under their brand.
The Aquarius 1 and 2 were born. 

The Mattel Aquarius uses a special version of the Microsoft Basic.
When it is used with basic, only 1.7 KB are available. 

There were no redefinable characters, but 256 predefined were available :
128 ASCII (numerals, upper and lower case alphabet, punctuation, symbols)
and 128 graphic patterns.
That was the only "graphical" features of the Aquarius ! 

Unfortunately the specifications were so poor for a 1983 computer,
that the Aquarius "1" litteraly bombed. Three months after its release,
Mattel decided to cancel the project and to sell back the rights and
stocks to Radofin. 

Radofin continued to sell Aquarius 1 & 2 under its own name,
but without success... 

Cool addons were developped for the Aquarius, but never made it to the shelves
(apparently). There were a Master Expansion Module equiped with disk-drives
and expansion slots for future addons.
It even offered the CP/M compatibility ! 

Another sympathetic extension was the Home Computer System Command Console
which allowed the Aquarius to directly control up to 255 electric devices.
But when the computers is used with this extension, it can't be used
for anything else ! 

There were also a Modem planned and Mattel even announced network services
for games and programs downloads... 

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Manufacturer Mattel Electronics Name Aquarius
Type Home Computer Origine USA
Introduction Date 1983 End of production ???
Built in Language Specific Microsoft Basic interpreter Keyboard Rubber type. 49 keys
CPU Zilog Z80A Speed 3.5 Mhz
Coprocessor ??? Amount of Ram 4 KB (up to 32 KB), 1,7 KB free for user
Vram ??? Rom 8 Kb
Text Modes 40 chars x 25 lines Graphic Modes 80 x 72 / 320 x 192 dots
Colors 16 Sound 1 voice (3 voices with the Mini-Expander)
Size / Weight 34,5 (W) x 15 (D) x 5,5 (H) cm. Built in Media None
I/O Ports Tape, Printer, Bus OS -
Power Supply External power supply (12v) Introduction Price 49.95 (Radofin version 1984)
Sold ??? Serial Number ???
Other Extras None Bought Where Ebay
Bought When December 2, 2003 Condition Bad
Price Paid 14,22 Specs of my Model -
Setup Today -

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Aquarius-01:

Bought on Ebay (02/12/2003)
Paid 10,50 + 3,72 shipping costs