Once upon a time (1989-2012) I had a monster PCW8256 with: 512Kb RAM onboard and 1.5Mb RAM external = 2Mb RAM Parallel port for Epson 24pin dot matrix printer 180Kb 3″ drive 720Kb 3.5″ drive Creative Technology handheld scanner AMX Mouse
Software wise I had: Locoscript 1, 2, 3, 4 Creative Technology MicroDesign 3, Tweak 3, The Network, Microdisplay Stop Press AMX Desktop CBasic CP/M Plus 1.4, 1.15 including Mallard BASIC and D.R. Logo Mini Office Professional and more
Then a second wave in the 2010s: 2015- Amstrad PCW8512 2016- Amstrad PCW8512 + serial 2016- Amstrad PCW8256 + 3.5″ + serial
High School PC Nuisance
In my high school the room of PCs was next to a room of Amstrad PCWs. One day the English teacher had booked the PC room for 1 hour for us to type an essay, I asked her if I could go next door to use an Amstrad PCW so I could finish the work at home. As 1 hour wasn’t long enough and I had an Amstrad PCW at home. She said “no, because I have booked the PC room.” I wouldn’t have been far away in the room next door… Instead everyone’s work was corrupted, random margins appeared the same time to many of us and we had to get the technical support guy to have a look. That was a waste of an hour using micro~1 word. I had to start the work again at home with the Amstrad PCW, which saved and printed my work without a crash. So there was a happy ending with help from the Amstrad PCW.