The QX-10 was a robust small business computer that used tried and tested technology rather than anything too innovative. Nevertheless, it was designed to be complete in itself for both hardware and software.
It had an enhanced keyboard with 10 function keys and up to 16 fonts can be defined. It had a battery to save clock, date and a small 2048 characters buffer. It could use MS-DOS programs thanks to an optional 8088 card.
Byte magazine said in January 1983:
The QX-10 is, at first glance, not a revolutionary machine. Yet in many subtle ways it is. On the surface, its specs are not spectacular. But the real power of the machine lies in its careful integration of software and hardware. The software was designed with the hardware in mind and vice versa.
Such products reflect a growing concern for the user, a recognition that the old standards for hardware and software performance are no longer good enough. We need better-quality products, more attention to details, better-written manuals, and state-of-the-art features. Fortunately, the industry is listening.
I seem to remember purchasing my first QX10 around 1983. As a newly minted freelance writer, I was beyond finished with typewriters of all kinds, and the thought of simple correction and printing only the final product seemed like heaven to me. Eventually, as I needed a part-time assistant, I acquired a second one, and eventually my now-husband also bought a used one in order to be able to work on projects at either his home or mine. All used ValDocs, and they certainly got the job done. I kept them for many years after they no longer were in use, but eventually did end up taking two of them to recycling, since even the offer to donate to an organization like this one was rebuffed and the basement only is so big. $) I still do have one, as well as the ValDocs disks AND the giant binder of support info. I would love to find someone in the market for all of it before it, too, ends up meeting a sad end. Good memories of the beginnings of my ongoing love/hate relationship with PCs!
Tuesday 1st November 2011
Cheryl (Metro Detroit, MI, USA)
When this machine came out, I worked at a large, mostly Apple dealer in LA. We thought this would be our star attraction, and set it up in the middle of the showroom! Imagine, integrated applications!''
This thing was the biggest bomb and the worst experience in my computer career. I sold only five of them. All people did all day long is call me and complain. Our poor Epson rep knew me well, and the Valdocs support line people all new me. It was all software issues, the hardware seemed ok. But it just wouldn''t work! Everything from not printing correctly, to not justifying, to not saving, and a million other things I forced myself to forget. There was a writer from the LA Herald who bought one, what a horses a$$. I don''t blame him for being mad, but he kept threatening to write a column and mention my name! What a d!ck. I even offered to give him his money back, but no, he wanted the machine to work HIS way! I finally, honestly told him to F-off. It was proably the only computer store in the world I could get away with that. (The owner was awesome.) Another woman I sold one to was a nut and didn''t mind that it didn''t work, she wanted to start a users group and wanted me to stay after work and run it with her. No thanks.
I simply stopped selling it. The next place I worked was all IBM and HP, and I never looked back.
Saturday 18th September 2010
Tom Anderson (USA)
We got our QX-10 around 1982. I remember being soooo excited about it. Like the UK model ours had the multi font card installed as standard and came with MF-Basic.
We never had valdocs. We had some locally written business software as well as visicalc (pre lotus 123) and my favourite....QXTEXT.
QXTEXT was a wordprocessor that provided the early concept of a WYSIWYG page. The software would load and prompt you to turn the monitor on its side (yes physically pick up the mono green screen - which fortunately was quite light - and sit it on its side).
From there the sfotware ran completely in graphics mode, and you had your page laid out in front of you and there were function key asignments to change margins etc. you could $ fonts with the special font keys and well..it really worked so neatly.
When we retired our QX-10, I had it carefully packed and stored, but sadly it got stolen from there a few years back, and without software I''ll bet it ended up being trashed - noone would have known what to do with it. Have to keep my eye out for another one.
Saturday 31st July 2010
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Full stroke 103-key with numeric keypad and function keys