Camputers Lynx

There are two ways to create a computer. The first is to take a gamble and launch something new and innovative, the second is to build one based around current technology. There is nothing particularly remarkable about the Camputers Lynx, but it was a very good micro. It did score highly in the outlandish claims stakes and boasted that the Lynx had "obsolescence built out", sadly Camputers went out of business in just over a year.

At its heart was the Z80 processor but this was selected not to mimic the Spectrum but as a bridge to the users computing future. Increase the memory to 64K and the user could quickly turn their games playing Lynx into a small business machine running the then industry standard CP/M operating system along with Wordstar and Supercalc. The Lynx-96 and Lynx-128 provided a shortcut to this.

What it lacked in innovation it made up for it quality. At every stage it compared well to the best from feel of keyboard, though processor speed to an impressive high resolution of 248 by 256 pixels.

Cambridge (UK) based Camputers began, as so many had, in creating hardware add-ons for the Sinclair computers and then released the Lynx. It was designed to be a "next step" micro for those who wanted to make computing more then a hobby and the CP/M option provided a bridge to industry standard business computing.

At £225 ($340 ) the Lynx wasn't a cheap micro when compared to the Sinclair Spectrum and C64 that were dominating the market at the time. The Lynx became another good machine that failed to break though.

The CP/M ready 96K version of the Lynx was launched in June 1983 and cost £299 ($450).

The 128K version cost £399.99 ($600) but only appeared briefly as production stopped and the company went under in June 1984.

Manufacturer: Camputers
Processor: Z80A
Speed (MHz): 4
RAM (Kb): 48
RAM expandable to (Kb): 192
ROM (Kb): unknown
Sound: unknown
Keyboard type: Typewriter-syle
Number of keys: 58
Dimensions (mm): 345 x 215 x 65
Weight (g): 1564
Interfaces: Expansion port, Cassette interface, RGB interface, Composite video socket, RS232 interface ~ Tony Hetherington, All Game Guide


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