LGR – Tandy 1000 RL/HD Retro Computer Review

July 23, 2010 by 27 Comments

Review from the perspective of a somewhat casual collector: is the 1000 series worth collecting today? A run-down of the history, pros and cons of the systems and games, what to look for and be aware of when buying. The PCjr may have failed, but Tandy? Tandy ruled.

There are functions I wanted to talk about but ran out of time, like the ability to run in Hercules mode, further Deskmate and TL-related features and the upgrade options, but alas. Lots more information and troubleshooting at:

LHX Attack Chopper
Out Run
Thexder Firehawk

Also check out the Maxis games of the time, the Tandy versions are spectacular – SimCity, SimEarth, SimAnt etc

Thanks to Yushatak for the Tandy!


27 Replies to “LGR – Tandy 1000 RL/HD Retro Computer Review”

  1. Xinless Vice says:

    I wonder if he ever fixed the Tandy ex?

  2. bring back the intro

  3. MN12DOTNET says:

    These are not so cheap anymore. I just sold a 1000RLX non-HD for $90.00 online. I got my enjoyment out of it.

  4. Luc Frost says:

    8:48 lemmings, music sounds more like Adlib than tandy.

  5. nesbeer says:

    8:24, "what an erotic voice!" Jürgen Klopp.

  6. Ari says:

    what do we get for ten dollars?

  7. I can play those games with emulator nowaday but WHY…….

  8. jbfarley says:

    Isn't that the Spore soundtrack playing in the background?

  9. Eric Leblanc says:

    Is it Bruce Banner in the ad?

  10. gsxerwhite says:

    I remember my Dad having to drag me out of Radio Shack at the mall in the 80's because I didn't wanna stop playing with the Tandys

  11. Jeff Fulton says:

    I love that version of Outrun!

  12. Matthew Hill says:

    Here I am on YouTube, watching a "vintage computer system review," that is itself now vintage. Isn't the Internet grand?

  13. pan koza says:

    But… Can it run crysis?

  14. I remember a time when I bought games and it would come with two copies…the other one was always for something called Tandy

  15. 1:26…is that the late, great Bill Bixby?

  16. eddiehimself says:

    Back in the day when "HD" didn't just stand for "High Definition" lol.

  17. i have come here with a simple question, one that i can only trust LGR and his viewers to anser correctly.

    can windows 3.1 install and run on a tandy 1000 tl?

  18. I remember the c: DOS prompt! Hard drive directory(tree).

  19. I bought the 1000 RLX for $700.00 in the former Radio Shack in Eastfield Mall, Springfield, MA!

  20. I was an Amiga guy back then, but must admit that these machines were very sweet. In fact, I worked at Radio Shack in late 80s and Tandy games were enhanced before VGA took off.

  21. I absolutely loved this computer as a kid. It was my first home computer. I loved it enough to keep it set up all the way into the late 90s in the study even with my Windows 98 machine in my room. I loved playing Microsoft Flight Sim (we had a joystick), Ford Simulator (pretty much a playable ford ad that was an arcade racing game), 3D Battle Chess, some math and learning games (can't remember the names but they were really fun), some sort of Hot Rod drag racing game where you could customize the car engines and stuff, and a bunch of other stuff. Played in the Draw program a lot too, and I remember there being another coloring program on disk, and you can't forget "Tandyman" lol. We had the joystick, mouse, dot matrix printer, and I think a modem with it (but I never used that). DeskMate OS, and at least one of ours (the one I used) had the built in hard drive (20 MB I think). We still have two Tandy 1000 systems stored away at my parent's place.

  22. CalicoSkies says:

    The 5.25" floppy disk drive on the side at 1:28 looks funny but cool

  23. My first computer was a Tandy 2500 rsx. It had a Sound Blaster and an extra meg of memory. If I recall, I had 2 meg. 20 meg hard drive. No CD ROM. At the time, the local computer store started selling the 486 DX with CD ROMs, and I wanted one so badly. Sadly, most averaged about $1700.

  24. Adam Pope says:

    I remember my oldest brother getting a Tandy 1000 RL series (don't remember exactly which one) and playing Life and Death on it. Being like six, I killed a whole lot of patients.

  25. My first computer was a 1000TL that my grandfather gave me! I still have it to this day.