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Personal Computer - IBM, Model JX, 1980s Object Reg. No: ST 043747

Summary:
IBM "JX" computer, mid 1980s personal computer, designed as a home unit instead of the more expensive XT and AT models, used infra-red-linked keyboard.

The JX computer was one of IBM's biggest marketing mistakes. It was introduced as a cutdown version of the IBM personal computer, but the poor graphics, and infrared connected keyboard (which ignored laptop use interrupted by a table edge!), plus the semiotically stupid advertising campaign (featuring a Charlie Chaplin lookalike) doomed it to failure.
Description:
Processor & drive: dark grey rectangular metal box with disk drives, ventilation grills and plug-in sockets and mains lead and plug.
Grey computer monitor with a main lead and connector cord to the rest of the computer.
Dark grey QWERTY keyboard.

Computer is accompanied by:
Connector Cord
Box of Cleaning Instruments
Magnetic Track Visualiser
Printer Ribbon & Reels
Terminal Blocks
Tape Unit Cleaner
Maintenance Handbook
Reference Manual
In-House Handbook
Guide to Operations, printer
Typing Tutor program
Private Tutor program
75th Anniversary of IBM, book, 1989
Acquisition Information:
Donation from IBM Australia Pty Ltd, 1996
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 290 mm (Width), 495 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: computers
Themes this item is part of: Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: microcomputers
Inscriptions: Most items have the IBM logo and other text.

Processor & Drive:
Front: IBM(logo) / IBM(logo)
Sticker on top: THIS DEVICE IS TOP BE USED / FOR IBM MANAGEMENT / APPROVED PURPOSES ONLY
Side: (two IBM barcode stickers)
Back top right: IBM(logo) / 5519 / Manufactured by / IBM Japan Ltd Tokyo Japan / Made in Japan / Type 5519 / S/N 99 - 02799 / (text)
Back bottom right: IBM(logo) / 5511 / Manufactured by / IBM Japan Ltd Tokyo Japan / Made in Japan / Type 5511 / S/N 99 - 04560 / (text)
Manufacturer: International Business Machines (IBM), United States of America, circa 1985

Manufacturer & Designer.

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