Healthkit H8

  • Manufacturer: Heathkit
  • Model: H8
  • Part No: N/A
  • Category: Computers
  • Date Introduced: 1977
  • Ceased Production: ~1979
  • Price at Introduction: $379 ($1,500 adjusted dollars as of 2014)
  • Color: Black
  • Case Material: Steel, Plastic Siding
  • Weight: N/A
  • Dimensions: N/A
  • Associated Accessories: 5.25” External 3-Bay Floppy Drive
  • Target Market: Hobbyists, (to a lesser extent small business and academia)

Description:

The Heathkit H8 is one of the classic 8-bit computer systems of the late 1970s. While not as iconic as the Altair 8800 or IMSAI 8080, the Heathkit name has a much greater recognition as the company had existed for many decades prior to their entering the computer market. Heathkit pieces, like the H8, were usually purchased as unassembled kits which the user then put together themselves. As such, they were a favorite among hobbyists and academic laboratories where the do-it-yourself assembly translated to significant savings. This piece is no exception; it was obtained from the original owner who built it himself in 1978 along with the disk drive. The unique keypad and 7-segment LED display is instantly recognizable and would be right at home on any electronic-enthusiast’s desk or basement tech-lab of the era.