The Xi was the hard-disk version of the cream-coloured Apricot PC.
The keyboard could be clipped to the underside of the machine, and a little cover would slide over the front panel to conceal the floppy drive. A handle then slid out of the front (just under the ridge) that allowed it to be carried very easily.
A colour screen was available - a re-packaged 10" Sony Trinitron screen that almost nobody bought because it was so expensive.
The mono screens had an anti-glare coating consisting of a very fine nylon mesh stretched over the screen and held in place by the bezel. Anybody who made the mistake of spraying glass cleaner on it would regret it, as the cleaner just clogged up in the pores of the mesh and left a nasty stain on the screen, which could only be removed by dismantling the monitor in order to rinse the mesh in water.
There was also a very rare model - coloured pale grey, which had a hard drive of 50 MB or thereabouts.
Dave Ridley reports:
Used to fix these machines, one very common problem on Apricot Xi was "wobbly screen" reported by user. The answer was to make a "bacofoil sandwich" as we called it! Take one aluminum foil strip, cover with packing tape to insulate, solder an earth wire onto one corner and stuff inside case, under where the screen sat. Hey presto, no wobble induced by PSU in main unit! Also the disk drives were prone to clogging up and getting generally dirty.
Technical tip from Charles Verrier:
Taking any Apricot PC to bits required a bit of care...
The rear panel had 3 or 4 screws, one of which fitted into the metal 'bridge' that ran the width of the machine, and held the PSU and disk drives above the motherboard, which filled the base of the case.
The bridge was partially supported by this real-panel screw, and would drop about half a centimetere when it was removed.
The only way to reassemble the thing was to turn the unit upside down so that the bridge screw hole would re-align with the real panel.
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I just got one of this rare grey Apricot Xi today. Ive experienced almost as exactly the same problem as Bill mentioned below. The computer startet no problems. But after a few seconds the PSU of the Monitor got up in smoke. Fortunately it came with another small monitor and i was able to do a bit of tinkering with this lovely machine. Some of the keys of the keyboard seem to be dead. Anyone here that knows if these rare keyboards are fixable?
Monday 2nd August 2021
Sven W. (Germany)
I have one that is missing the keyboard ... contact me if you have one for sale for a reasonable price. rfka01 (at) freenet (dot) de
Monday 12th February 2018
I''m currently (attempting) to rebuild a rather neglected Apricot Xi10, that was upgraded to a 80286 by Apricot in 1987. There appears to be plenty of technical information available for the original Xi, but not so much for the 286. If anyone has a service manual, then I''d love to hear from you (address: garyspamfull, domain: gmail.com).
Thursday 28th December 2017
Gary (United Kingdom)
Full-stroke keyboard, 101 keys, 8 function keys, 6 dynamic function keys (membrane keys) Built-in 40 characters x 2 lines LCD screen