Just how simple do word processors have to get before you begin using one? (Mar, 1988)

Just how simple do word processors have to get before you begin using one?

Even simpler than your old typewriter?

No problem. Because we’ve made one that eliminates all the intimidating things you’ve always associated with word processors.

And we call it the Magnavox Videowriter.

The Videowriter is easier to set up than other word processors.

The average word processor has three separate pieces to hook together. A keyboard, a monitor and a printer. And that can be somewhat complicated.

Take the Videowriter home and you have a complete, portable unit. Virtually no set-up is necessary.

The instructions are easier to follow.

Unlike our competition, you don’t need an instruction manual to use it.

All the instructions you need appear on the right side of the screen. So you can learn as you go.

The keys are easier to understand.

Most word processors have keys marked “ESC,” “function” and “local command.”

The Videowriter has keys marked “spell,” “delete” and “help.”

In fact, all our keys tell you exactly what they do. We think it’s a lot easier to learn a keyboard when you can understand the keys.

And the price is easier to afford.

Surprised? We sell the Videowriter® Word Processor for around the price of a good electronic typewriter.

And, unlike most word processors, that price includes everything you need.

So go to your local Magnavox dealer and try one for yourself.

Chances are, you’ll find the only hard part about working with the Videowriter is deciding what to write.

MAGNAVOX Smart. Very smart.

5 comments
  1. wyogold says: May 14, 20132:56 pm

    As simple as a microwave. And with the same looks.

  2. Hirudinea says: May 14, 20134:57 pm

    @ wyogold – Still to complex for some, ever heard the “urban legend” of the call to tech support about the drink holder on the computer being broken? Turns out the user was using the CD-ROM to rest her drink on.

  3. dj_nme says: May 14, 20135:11 pm

    My Mum had something like this in the mid-1990′s and it was horrible to use.
    Basically a jumped-up electric typewriter (Select & replace or copy & paste? You’re kidding, right?) which uses a proprietary floppy disc format that is totally unreadable in a real computer’s disc drive.

    @ Hirudinea – The other “urban legend” of IT support being asked how to remove Liquid Paper from a computer screen is actually true: I’ve had to help clean a computer monitor due to that 1D01T fault.

  4. Stephen says: May 15, 20136:19 am

    In Britain, Amstrad made a lot of money selling machines of a similar kind: cheap, low-specification computers for people who didn’t understand computers. My father wrote an entire book on one. It had an attached daisywheel printer which was loud enough to make conversation impossible in the room while printing was going.
    http://en.wikipedia.org…
    http://www.jstor.org/di… <- this is a review of the book he wrote on it. I did have to convert the proprietary files to Microsoft Word before publication, though.

  5. GeorgeT says: May 15, 20136:35 am

    Does it have an Any Key?

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