Primo was a first home computer ever. It was built in 1984 in Hungary. It was the first computer designed to be affordable to almost anyone because of its low price. There were three versions of Primo, with 16, 32 and 48 KB RAM memory.

It featured the keyboard placed directly on the PCB and it did not contain any moving components. It did not contain a monitor with it as well, people needed to use a standard TV set as a monitor.


Primo had the burnt in BASIC programming language and a tape recorder which made it a traditional, simple and competitive priced home computer, largely popular among the younger population. Back in the day, one more programming language that existed besides BASIC was Forth.

Primo is significant because it essentially introduced an idea of having a computer to teenagers. There were numerous popular games that could be played on it using the tape recorder and a simple cassette.

This became such a hit that there are people who still have a copy of Primo at their homes. This brand runs even today and the fans are willing to create a largely popular homepage about the Primo and go even a step further in reproducing the machine.

Pro-Primo

PrimoAfter the first version became such a hit, another prototype version appeared under a name Pro-Primo. It had a color graphics display and it had the ability to connect several peripheral devices. Unfortunately, this version was never manufactured. It lost to Commodore 16 which had a more competitive price.

However, Primo was the first desktop computer designed to be truly accessible to anyone and to foster free and open computerization, focusing on low power consumption and a truly affordable price. The main idea was to bring a notion of getting used to using a computer every day to common people for both work and fun.

Later on, it became more expensive because of its expensive power supply, which people commonly used to call a grill oven, because of its size and looks. Primo made computers popular for sure.