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Amstrad launched the PCW computer in 1985; it stood for 'Personal Computer Wordprocessor' and was marketed as such, with a bundled monochrome monitor (into which the computer itself was built; it's probably more accurate to say that it had a 'bundled keyboard') and printer.

The machine itself was an 8 mhz Z80 with 256kb of memory running CP/M, thus giving it geek points as it was the last mainstream CP/M machine, being sold up until 1996. The PCW was bundled with a wordprocessor called 'LocoScript', although other CP/M software worked with the machine (including Infocom's adventure games). It was very popular in the UK - the tasteful good looks, low price and utility appealed to home users and small businesses alike - and second-hand examples can be found for £25-£50.

It was replaced in 1996 by the PCW16, which was also based on a Z80 (running at 16mhz(!)), but did not use CP/M and was incompatible with the original PCW.

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