Some of you will know already that the Acorn Electron was released in 1984 as a cheaper and smaller alternative to its big brother BBC Model B.
It was aimed at the home education market in that school children who couldn't afford the higher price tag of the Beeb (£400) would indeed persuade their parents to part with £200 in order to furnish their home study areas, bedrooms, offices with one of these instead:
ABOVE: A whole range of "bolt-ons" came out for the Elk in order to make it as powerful as the Beeb
However, it was late to market and other machines were already well-established and more attractive in terms of existing software back-catalogue and perceived power/memory and certainly, in some quarters, the Elk was seen as the 'poor' relation compared to the Beeb, and so somewhat 'underpowered'.
Just how true is this?
Can the Elk punch its weight alongside the Beeb?
Let's check it out...
ABOVE: Face Ache has set-in with our reviewer but don't let that put you off!
SPECIAL THANKS AGAIN GO TO SHAUN FRENCH aka DIABLO who kindly donated this Elk in order for Atari Sector to screen test the wee-beastie.
Face Ache? Hahahaha, love it!!! Very nice face and a neat little presentation! Thanks a lot!!!
For an unknown reason I always preferred the electron against the BBC, perhaps for its simplicity and for its not-so-serious-professional-scientific-etc profile! Another thing, with all these extra-terrestrial addons it ended up looking like an alien wannabe-BBC, and this was very funny! The first genuine frankenstein 8-bitter (in fact the second, as the first EVER was the ZX81, with all the unbelievable addons that flooded the market!!!)
But both electron and BBC machines rock! You british people surely knew how to build computers back then! The BASIC/6502 Assembler combination was just brilliant and as an aspect it was alone enough for one to choose this range of machines over others of the competition! Brilliant, just brilliant!!!
But hey, where is Mr.Wiz? I think it's (still) the best game one can play on an elk! Lots and hours of pure arcade fun!!!