Desktop computer, with printer, disk drive and paper tape machine, plastic / metal / paper / electronic components, made by Hewlett Packard / Data Specialties Inc, United States of America, c. 1981
The desktop computer consists of a plastic housing with a standard QWRTY and numerical keyboard, and thirty six function keys. There is a small dot matrix printer behind the keyboard. Either side of the printer are ports for data cassettes. Behind this is where the components of the computer are housed, and the glass-tube monitor is mounted on top of this. The monitor plugs into two mountings with connections which power and operate the monitor.
The peripheral printer has a plastic housing. It is a dot matrix printer that uses a sprocket paper feed system. At the rear of the unit is a power supply cord and a serial port for connection to the computer.
The DSI LRP - 300 paper tape machine has a plastic housing for the electronic components. There is a plate with five function buttons on the front right top of the unit. The paper tape roll sits on a spool at the rear left of the unit and feeds across the top of the unit , though a drive roller, and then under the hole-punch. The rear of the unit has a power supply cord and a connection to the computer. The unit is operated by commands from the computer. The paper tape machine then punches holes in the paper tape according to the commands. The holes can then be read by the computer of an industrial manufacturing machine. In the case of this particular machine, the tape was used to program functions for a metal lathe and a metal drilling/routing machine.
The disk drive has a plastic casing. At the front face of the unit are two inputs for 5 1/4" floppy disks. On the left bottom of the front face is a power switch (on/off).