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Coleco Adam

Coleco Adam

Speed3.58 MHz
Memory64 KB

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Coleco

Adam

Release Date: 6/1/1983
Manufacturer: Coleco
Original Retail Price:
Adjusted Inflation Price:
$700.00
$1,678.16*
 
Donated By: Murray Mills
 
Coleco, having decent success with its Colecovision game console, decided it wanted to enter the personal computer market. The first personal computer that came bundled with a printer (there was no option to buy without) the Adam gained a very loyal following with some people who have since connected modern hard drives to the unit. H & R Block in Canada actually did consumer taxes using ADAMCALC for a number of years and was one of the biggest consumers of after market products as they used the system well beyond the normal life cycle of the product (the Adam was discontinued in 1985). Initial price: $700 US.

 

This computer is currently interactive in the Museum.
 

User Comments
Murray on Monday, August 07, 2017
I bought my ADAM at Cdn. Tire. I attended most ADAMcons but now only have the original box. Happy computing!
Hugh on Thursday, June 29, 2017
Some or all of the design was done by Walter Banks in Waterloo, Ontario.
Jay on Saturday, February 18, 2012
At the Toronto computer show in 1984 I nearly parted with 700 very rare and hard earned dollars for an Adam from the show floor... in hind sight it was a great decision that I somehow convinced myself not to buy it. That Christmas I ended up buying a MAC 512K instead and it was magical!!
D Hill, Aurora Ont on Sunday, May 16, 2010
My first computer as well and I too belonged to the MTAG group having been Newsletter Editor. Still a user community out there and there is a local contact who buys, sells, refurbishes Coleco ADAM and Colecovision reasonably. info@raritynine.com
Beryl Wilson on Saturday, May 16, 2009
The Coleco ADAM was the very first computer that I owned when I lived in Scarborough, and I bought it from Canadian Tire in 1984.At that time I was Membership Secretary for the local MS society, and later became one for the MTAG group. They were happy days for sure. At the time only two females were members - ME and one other. I learned a great deal from the MTAG Club members, and was one of the earliest ones who met in a basement in a member's home. Later we were able to move to various premises. MTAG also hosted yearly conventions, and other Adam Groups came from far and wide when it was held in Ontario. There might still be some loyal members of Metropolitan Toronto Adam Group, they were a dedicated group for sure, and kept the Adam going for many years. Programmers continued producing stuff for the Adam, and help was available at any time. They did have a Web Site up to the last few years, and may still have it. Try www.adamcon.org - it will give you som information about the past and their Newsletters. All the very best in your endeavours. Beryl Wilson, Brantford.
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