Amstrad CPC

Amstrad CPC with monitor and joystick

Amstrad CPC

Computer
First released 12 April 1984
Produced by Amstrad

The Amstrad CPC 464 was the first of the CPC series released on the 21st June 1984. it quickly became one of the most successful home computers in Europe. More than two million CPC 464s were sold in total between 1984 and 1990.

Despite its lack of stand-out features from competitors such as Commodore and Sinclair, it gained popularity from its low price and the fact that the computers were sold as a complete unit, comprising of CPU/keyboard, built-in tape recorder and monitor (optional monochrome green or colour). Competitor computers such as the ZX Spectrum came only with the CPU/keyboard, requiring a separate monitor.