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Amstrad PCW 8256

We don't know too much about this Amstrad so to quote this page at trusy Old-Computers.com:

The Amstrad PCW 8256 was a dedicated word processing computer (PCW stands for Personal Computer Wordprocessor). It was supplied with everything necessary, the word processor, printer and dedicated keyboard (with Cut, Copy, Paste and Print keys). This model had great success because it was the first word-processing system available for such a low price. Once again Amstrad used the same principles with this professional computer as it did with the CPC-464 on the home-computer market. Two years later, 700 000 PCW systems had been sold!

This system was introduced in 1985 and some models were affectionately known as "Joyce" after the secretary of Alan Sugar, the founder of Amstrad. We would like to thank Jenny Lind for the donation of these two systems!

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System with external floppy drive
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Computer is inside the monitor
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PWC Printer
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Connectors on back
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Amstrad system and software documentation

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From Digibarn visitor Anthony Hill (Sept 2008):

Hi Bruce
 
I dont run a website, partly time partly the machine is in decline and there are still good sites about. The only black model I saw was an experimental model by Isenstein. None of the machines are DOS compatible, the 16 brought out too late got close to it. With the exception of the16 they all ran CP/M a fore runner to DOS or some say on which DOS was based, depending if you listen to the Bill Gates version of the late Gary Kildall.
 
Here is a good site about the PCW range, together with pictures from my good friend Farnk van Empel in Holland. http://www.fvempel.nl/index.html
 
Amstrad did produce other machines but it is the PCW which I and several others have specialised. An Amstrad good site and source of FAQ is Emmanual Roussins  - which does include some PCW stuff that Frank and I have contributed to. http://genesis8.free.fr/index.php
 
Regards
Anthony

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See Also:

The Amstrad PCW 8256 listing at Old-Computers.com

Answers.com's wikipedia listing for the Amstrad PCW

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