Atari introduces the 1200XL computer

Press Release, Monday December 13, 1982

NEW YORK, Dec. 13 /PRN/ -- One of the most dramatic breakthroughs in home computer technology was unveiled today when Atari, Inc., a major consumer electronics company, introduced its new competitively-priced state-of-the-art 1200XL computer featuring 64K of memory.

At a press conference here, Atari presented its new generation home computer which has the capability of utilizing existing Atari computer software and peripherals.

The Atari 1200XL has 12 user programmable function keyes, including an international character set which provides:

In addition, The Atari 1200XL home computer incorporates a number of design improvements including:

The Atari 1200XL home computer also works with any television set or monitor. Raymond E. Kassar, chairman and chief executive officer of Atari, Inc. said, "We believe that the Atari 1200XL will set the standard for a new generation in home computing and, once again, positions Atari on the leading edge of electronic technology and creative computing."

Its sleek, polished metal, low-profile package is perhaps the first computer specifically designed for the home as an attractive item of furniture in any decor. To maintain an integrated systems look, future peripherals for the computer will feature the same styling. "With its user aids and beautiful packing, the Atari 1200XL is one of the 'friendliest' computers ever built -- and at an affordable price."

Atari said the retail price of the 1200XL home computer will be announced in January, 1983, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Initial deliveries will take place during the first quarter, 1983.

Atari, Inc., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Warner Communications Inc., and is a leading designer and manufacturer of home computers and peripherals in home video games, coin-operated games, and programs for a variety of applications.

Creative Computing, vol 9, no 4, April 1983, p. 50
pic from Jan 1983 CES
The Atari 1200XL home computer at the Winter CES in Las Vegas, January 6-9, 1983

Atari announced at the show that the suggested retail price for the 1200XL would be US$899.

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