This computer was designed and manufactured by TeleVideo in Sunnyvale California, USA in the early 1980s. The design of this computer demonstrates a superior understanding of user (people) needs when compared to other office machines of the same period. The low profile keyboard with large palm rest to reduce user fatigue is particularly prescient of later laptop keyboard designs by Apple. The adjustable monitor with a green phosphor CRT for reduced eye strain are further evidence of ergonomic considerations by the designers.
The designers of this computer have combined the monitor, processor and drive into one unit. This provides stability to the user-adjustable monitor by the combined weight of the components. The overall form and volume expressed by this all-in-one design, which could be overwhelmingly heavy, is lightened by the cavity between the freely moving monitor and the main body with the processor and drives - with their respective casing surfaces mirroring each other - like yin and yang. This computer presents a fine example of design elements which resolve function.
TeleVideo also pioneered the introduction of ‘smart' terminals, containing Intel microprocessors, at a time when ‘dumb' terminals were the industry standard. This particular computer was purchased by a Real Estate company in St Leonards, most likely in the 1980s, where it was used to communicate with a computer at the Estate Agents' Cooperative, to allow for the sharing of listings and commission from sales. It was also used by the owner's step-grandson to connect to the University central computer, at a time before the internet was commonly available. This computer thus represents an important step forward in the development of computer design and communications technology.