It's Retro Computer Friday!
Today, the Laser 128EX!
This was an Apple II compatable manufactured by VTech first starting in 1984.
They managed to reverse engineer the Apple ROM and used it in their machine. Apple tried to sue 'em out of it, but VTech won and kept pumping these babies out.
The Laser 128EX was first introduced in 1988. Apparently, these machines were so good that it forced Apple to upgrade the Apple II.
They were also cheap. You could buy one of these puppies at Sears!
These machines were just about the most compatable clone of the Apple II. They were so compatable, in fact, that VTech starting putting an XT clone in the same case!
After the computer boom was over, VTech went back doing what they did best - making electronic toys and cordless phones.