Visual technology commuter 1083 computer

This excellent example of a Commuter 1083 Computer was donated to RICM by Holiday and Dave Collins of Dover Massachusetts. The Visual Technology Company was known to have paid their employees with computers when the payroll was short. The Visual 1083, was also known as the "Commuter" and is an early MS-DOS system. The Commuter was able to be use with a detachable (and optional) LCD display (80x16 characters, monochrome) or a more classic RGB monitor (80x25 characters). The system contains two 5.25" disk drives offering 360 KB each. The 83 key keyboard is identical to IBM's PC, except for the addition of lights on the "Caps Lock" and "Num Lock" keys. The computer could be expanded by adding custom cards and there is an expansion port that can be directly connected to an IBM expansion chassis.