Aye, if this thing had been released anything like on schedule, you'd have seen me amongst the hundreds hurrying down to WH Smiths in Hull to make a purchase during the spring of 84... and I would never have got into Oric!
One of those WHAT IF... scenarios, I guess, but at the time, Acorn were really looking to put a strangle hold on the domestic micro market as they more or less had the education sector all sewn-up with the Beeb Model B getting the corporation's official backing (mass penetration of schools and colleges) and now their sights were set on stealing some of the Spectrum's core market - home users who might be persuaded to buy something with a proper keyboard, with BBC Basic - handy for school - which looked like a sawn-off Beeb for half the price and my word, some of the games weren't too bad either...
Here's how Acorn advertised the machine, way back when...
ABOVE: Funny how humour is used to make the parents look stupid while "Billy & Katie" run rings around mam and dad already one-step-ahead as kids are made to look "whizkids"
You can just about make out some of the range of Electron boxed software (which is quite collectable) top-middle and much of it was comverted from earlier popular releases for big brother Beeb Model B.
I'm hoping to pop around to Diablo1967's next week as he has a bit more Elk software for me - review to follow, Acornites.
ABOVE: Steve Benway reviews the "most important game in computer gaming history" (in his opinion), so here's the (slow) Electron version of... ELITE.