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    I like the HX because it reminds me on an Amiga 500, and the 1000A because of the dual 360K floppies. Those two are just decent CGA era systems plus they play Tandy games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknown_K View Post
    I like the HX because it reminds me on an Amiga 500, and the 1000A because of the dual 360K floppies. Those two are just decent CGA era systems plus they play Tandy games.
    I really like HX except for the keyboard. Just can't get past the layout and the uncomfortable, narrow keys. Admittedly, I'm OCD about keyboards and I mostly program on my old computers, so it's a user-specific issue. If HX had the TL keyboard, I'd have one set up right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polbit View Post
    That's actually an interesting question - what are the actual differences? As far as I could find, TL/2 is year newer, has different board layout, and the 3 ISA plus the 8-bit IDE port. Is there any other difference?
    The TL is an 8086 while the TL/2 and TL/3 are 80286. Somewhat major difference IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixter View Post
    The TL is an 8086 while the TL/2 and TL/3 are 80286. Somewhat major difference IMO.
    Are you sure you're not thinking of the SL? All the T(x) 1000's are 286s.

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    The SL and SL/2 are 8086s running at 8 MHz. The TL and TL/2 are 286s running at 8 MHz and the TL/3 is a 286 running at 10 MHz.
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    These docs are a great resource for details specific to the 1000 series:

    http://www.thealmightyguru.com/Wiki/...-_Volume_1.pdf
    http://www.thealmightyguru.com/Wiki/...-_Volume_2.pdf

    These docs are the most up to date and have details on the 1000 and nearly everything else Radio Shack sold:

    https://github.com/pski/model2archiv...s_Nov_1991.pdf
    https://github.com/pski/model2archiv..._1993_Text.pdf
    https://github.com/pski/model2archiv...93_Figures.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by polbit View Post
    I really like HX except for the keyboard. Just can't get past the layout and the uncomfortable, narrow keys. Admittedly, I'm OCD about keyboards and I mostly program on my old computers, so it's a user-specific issue. If HX had the TL keyboard, I'd have one set up right now.
    I love the EX! When I was a kid they were going for for $100 at a blowout tent sale and it seemed like nearly everybody in the area ended up with one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eeguru View Post
    The SL and SL/2 are 8086s running at 8 MHz. The TL and TL/2 are 286s running at 8 MHz and the TL/3 is a 286 running at 10 MHz.
    I stand corrected! In that case, I revise my earlier advice to "any TL/2 would be best".
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    Got my TL/2 + CM-11 today, and it's MINT, has 3.5 and 5.25 drives, and a 20Mb hardcard. Very happy, also building a 16' desk in my retro cave to set up 3 systems. Will have everything set up this weekend, can't wait!

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