Convergent Technologies Workslate WK-100

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This item is a piece of history for computing products collectors. Convergent Technologies of Santa Clara, California introduced the Worslate the same time as the Tandy Model 100. Although it was about the same size of the Model 100, the Workslate was primarily a spreadsheet machine. No other software could be loaded except some application which was adaptations of the basic spreadsheet program. The Workslate used a CMOS version of the old 6800 processor and 16B KB of RAM. RAM size couldn't be extended and allowed a limited 720 cells spreadsheet to be filled. The keyboard with circular rubber-keys was hard-to-use for text entry. However, with its phone book, memo pad, and financial calculator, the Workslate was designed for those who only wanted a business tool and didn't want to learn about computers. Also built-in were a tape drive able to record and play data's or voice annotations, a 300-baud modem and a printer port. The Workslate was first launched in the American Express Christmas catalog, and was sold as a high-tech novelty product. But no one was interested in buying a limited spredsheet machine for $895. Convergent Technology planned to sell 200,000 units within a year, but only 5,000 systems were sold in the U.S.A plus some hundreds in Europe. The product was discontinued in July 1984, and the company lost about $15 million. This Workslate is in average condition, two rows of dots (top and bottom, first cell position, all across the LCD are not functioning). Initially had a 6 Volts DC 750 ma Transformer, with center tip NEGATIVE, but we couldn't find the original tranformer and we tested it with a 9v 300ma transformer, and it does charge the batteries and holds charge for a long time.

 

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