BBC Microcomputer system review video

Friday, March 16th, 2012

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The BBC Microcomputer was Acorn’s follow-up to the Atom, and launched in 1981. Largely due to its BBC backing, the computer was quite successful in the UK, especially among schools and businesses. But is it still worth owning to a current collector of vintage computers?

This is an overview of the history, hardware, and software of the Beeb from the perspective of an American collector. How do the pros and cons stack up, and is it worth getting a Beeb over its cut-down sibling, the Electron?


5 comments on “BBC Microcomputer system review video

  1. eddie says:


  2. ZAR says:

    Most excellent review! πŸ™‚

    But, honestly, I cannot remember seeing this computer for sale in Germany. Acorn most certainly had shops in our bigger cities, but the only “Beeb-Computers” (before the Acorn Archimedes) I saw back then were in the UK when I visited friends there.

    Well, maybe the BBC MC was offered under another name over here.

    Oh, and regarding this “special” unpleasant phone call you had… Maybe they’ll offer another “100$-dollar solution” for such cases in the future? πŸ˜‰

    “Pay up and you’re safe!”

  3. Gemini says:

    That is definitely quite the beard you’ve got going there. Any particular reason why you’re letting it grow out like that?
    That ZIF socket thingy though looks like it’s in so very much the wrong spot. I can easily see someone accidentally brushing the tops of the pins with their hands or something while moving them around the keyboard and that would probably not bode well… Then again, I type weird. : P

  4. LORD MJ says:

    Me like hardware reviews. Me want more hardware reviews. Me hope Clint understands. πŸ˜‰

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