This is probably one of the more unusual machines of my collection. According to Old Computers, Triumph-Adler was the merger company of the 2 typewriter manufacturers which later merged with yet another American typewriter company named Royal. The company produced a few computers with limited success and the Alphatronic was apparently their play into the home computer market. According to what I read it mostly sold in Europe (you can sometimes find some Alphatronics for sale on eBay Germany) but it was actually manufactured in Japan.
I picked up this machine and its original amber mono monitor for a bargain. I was really expecting a non-working computer but amazingly everything worked perfectly! I just had to clean it (quite a bit) and at the end the computer and monitor are in excellent shape. Basic loads from ROM and as you can see it works just fine:
The one part missing on this setup is the disk drive. The computer does have a cassette output connector but the pinout is not compatible with any cable I have. Info about this computer is extremelly scarce so if you have any please let me know!
|MANUFACTURER||Royal / Triumph-Adler|
|BUILT IN LANGUAGE||Microsoft Basic v.5.11|
|KEYBOARD||Full-stroke keyboard, 6 function keys, arrow keys and separated numeric keypad, 85 keys|
|TEXT MODES||40 or 80 x 24 lines|
|GRAPHIC MODES||80 x 72 / 160 x 72 with 8 colours|
|I/O PORTS||RGB video out, Tape interface, Serial RS232c/V24 port (from 300 to 9600 baud), Centronics/Parallel port, Disk-drive connector, Cartridge/Rompack slot, Mono composite|
|POWER SUPPLY||Built-in power supply unit|
|PERIPHERALS||Cassette, 5”1/4 disk-drives, printers (DRH 80/1 and TRD-170)|