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Talk:MC-10 Micro Color Computer

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Printer claim

This statement

"Radio Shack offered a 16kRAM expansion interface and a thermal printer for the MC-10 but no more"

is sort of true but also mistaken. While Radio Shack did promote the TP-10 printer as being ideal for the MC-10, the reason was not the TP-10 being the only compatible printer but rather the TP-10's very low cost, matching the primary goal of the MC-10 itself: getting down to the lowest price target possible to compete down at the bottom range of the market.

But the TP-10 was not the only Radio Shack printer usable by the MC-10. The CoCo and the MC-10 used the same 4-pin DIN round-plug serial cable (Catalog Number 26-3020) as their printer port. With that cable, any CoCo-compatible printer would work with the MC-10 right out of the box. And there was a huge variety of CoCo-compatible (and therefore also MC-10 compatible) printers offered by Radio Shack, using all kinds of printing methods (plotters, dot matrix, line printers, inkjet, thermal, daisy wheel), costing from just over $100 to thousands, with some capable of color output. And just to show the wide variety of printers the MC-10 supported, Radio Shack even sold a special cable (Cat. No. 26-3009) which allows either a CoCo or an MC-10 to connect to one of the earliest Tandy printers, the already-discontinued Quick Printer II, or to the Model I's Expansion Interface. Carney (talk) 16:04, 6 June 2023 (UTC)


Just noting for future reference, maybe to add to the article, that I've found a developer that sold MC-10 software commercially: Micro Ten Software.

The Rainbow gave Micro Ten's chess program an official Seal of Certification in their April 1985 issue:

MTSCHESS, a version of the classical game of chess for the MC-10 Micro Color Computer. A 16K RAM extension module is required since MTSCHESS is more than 11 K in length. Micro Ten Software Co., 496 Amboy Ave., Perth Amboy, NJ 08861, cassette $15.95

Carney (talk) 21:51, 20 March 2024 (UTC)