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The C-10 is Cromemco's only attempt to step in the market of personal and family oriented computers.

The goal was to compete with Apple II's and IBM PC's in small businesses as they started getting equipped with computer systems.

This standard CP/M based system featured a 12'' screen housing a single motherboard, without extension capabilities (no S-100 bus), a keyboard and floppy drive.

The CDOS operating system (a CP/M variant) came with several business software tools (spreadsheet, word processor, BASIC language).

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I worked for Cromemco just before the
C10 was introduced. I ourchased one
and used it for a few years.
It had one Z80 cpu to run both the
video and the computer part.
It was shipped to run CDOS,
Cromemco''s version of C/PM.
Of course it could also run C/PM.

It was used as a smart standalone
terminal and used with the larger
S-100 bus machines that ran CROMIX
the Unix look a like by Cromemco.

Saturday 10th December 2011
Jerry Lopez (Alabama/USA)

At the time they were banking on a contract to sell the c-10 to the us post office.

Wednesday 20th July 2011

It was very difficult to tell what Cromemco were trying to achieve with the C10. They'd made their name as a vendor of beautifully-engineered S-100 "crate" systems with excellent graphics boards available, and then came out with this stunted little terminal-lookalike with no graphical abilities at all - just at the point that CP/M was dying.

The good point was that the build quality was, by the standards of the day, superb - it was much nicer to use than (say) a Superbrain. It really seemed to be in competition with the Xerox 820, although its relatively low-profile looks probably made it a slightly easier sell into executive/professional environments than the horrible boxy 820...

But what it was missing was Cromemco's wonderful colour graphics....

Monday 29th December 2003
Pete Fenelon (UK)


TYPE  Professional Computer
YEAR  September 1982
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke 61 keys
CPU  Z80-A
SPEED  4 Mhz
RAM  64 KB
ROM  24 KB
TEXT MODES  80 chars. x 25 lines
COLORS  Monochrome. 12'' green CRT
SOUND  Beeper
I/O PORTS  Second F.D. unit, Parallel and Serial ports
BUILT IN MEDIA  External 390 KB 5.25'' F.D. unit
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in Power supply unit
PERIPHERALS  No extensions capabilities
PRICE  $1785

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