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PCN Charts: Top 20 Micros up to £1000
1   Sinclair Spectrum (Sinclair)   £99
2   Dragon 32 (Dragon Data)   £200
3   Vic 20 (Commodore)   £150
4   ZX81 (Sinclair)   £40
5   BBC B (Acorn Computers)   £399
6   Atari 800 (Atari International)   £300
7   Atari 400 (Atari International)   £150
8   Oric 1 (Oric)   £100
9   Newbrain A (Grundy Business)   £228
10   Lynx 48 (Camputers)   £225
11   Texas TI 99 (Texas Instruments)   £150
12   Colour Genie (Lowe Electronics)   £224
13   Commodore 64 (Commodore)   £345
14   Epson HX20 (Epson)   £472
15   Apple IIE (Apple Computers)   £969
16   Sharp MZ80A (Sharp)   £549
17   Sord M5 (Sord / Computer Games Ltd)   £189
18   Nascom 3 (Lucas Logic)   £549
19   Jupiter Ace (Jupiter Cantab)   £90
20   Tandy Colour (Tandy)   £240
Top 10 over £1000
1   Sirius 1 (ACT Sirius)   £2754
2   IBM PC (IBM)   £2392
3   Apple 3 (Apple Computers)   £2780
4   Osborne 1 (Osborne Computers Corporation)   £1581
5   Commodore 8032 (Commodore)   £1129
6   Olivetti M20 (Olivetti)   £2754
7   DEC Rainbow (Digital)   £2714
8   Rair Blac Box (Rair)   £2242
9   HP86A (Hewlett-Packard)   £1541
10   Superbrain II (Icarus Computers)   £2070
         
Issue 18 - July 7th to 13th 1983
Pull-Out
Micropaedia
Sound: Part 2
Speech routines, A-Z of BBC sound, Texas drawl, Dragon sound codified, Give us an A, Apple.
REGULARS
Monitor 2
Microkey backs your micro design, page 2; Torch declares UDI with triple processor, page 3; could your club qualify for a grant? page 4; ACT's Apricot blossoms, page 5; Paradyne enters IBM PC race, page 6; and electronic shopping, page 7.
PCN Charts 10
Top 30 games, top 30 micros
Random Access 12
 
Microwaves 15
Your access to Max Phillips
Readout 19
Apple, Dragon, Computer glossary and Choosing a micro
Gameplay  
Spectrum/BBC'B' 48
Backgammon and Snooker
Commodore 64 49
A fistful of games
Vic20/Spectrum 51
Control the serpent; poison the pests
Spectrum 54
Back-pack ready for a dangerous safari!
ProgramCards  
BBC'B' 56
Part two of the WP program
Spectrum 65
Play the Fruit Machine
Clubnet 69
PCN meets the Harrovians
Databasics 73
Micro-buyers' guide
Billboard 80
 
Quit/Datelines 88
 
PCN SPECIALS
Leasing: Part 2 21
John King's advice on creditable methods of buying features a table comparing bank loan with two kinds of leasing.
Lyrical Lynx 25
Ted Ball makes sweet music with a machine not usually noted for its coloratura qualities.
PCN PRO-TEST: SOFTWARE
Personal Basic 27
Digital Research's Personal Basic is an interpreter for CP/M-86 systems. Max Phillips sees what you get for your £100.
Spectrum Assembler 33
What can Astron do for your Spectrum (16K or 48K)? Ted Ball loads this Z80 assembler and editor/toolkit.
Brainwriter 34
A package which enables the unexpanded Newbrain to be used as a handy word processor, reviewed by Walter Knight.
PCN PRO-TEST: PERIPHERALS
Sinclair link-up 38
Hook up the humble ZX81 to the telephone system with the Quantum Jump RS232 interface, tested by David Janda.
Commodore pin-up 40
Barry Miles takes on board the eight-way ROM/EPROM pager from Jaytee . . .
Printer buffer 41
. . . and a versatile printer interface buffer that enhances the efficiency of throughput.
PCN PRO-TEST: HARDWARE
Tandy traveller 42
Tandy has got it right with the TRS-80 Model 100, says Richard King, who believes it offers real mobility.
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