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This is a grab from a 1988 movie called Vampire's Kiss.

It has twin disk drives (5.25" from the looks) and what looks like a built-in printer?

still of movie

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    I'm guessing it's a dedicated word processing system, rather than a generic computer. Oct 10 at 3:42
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    There seems to be a manufacturer's logo on the front of the printer, but we need to see a close-up to make it out.
    – Mick
    Oct 10 at 3:43
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    How well can you actually read a 12" screen from like 4 feet away? That desk was definitely arranged by Hollywood.
    – 640KB
    Oct 10 at 13:22
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    @640KB With binoculars!? In the 1980s, I worked on a remote sensing satellite system. "Control points" were distinctive points on the ground with known locations; small images (aerial photographs?) of control points could be registered to similar objects in the satellite imagery to provide more accurate geometric correction. Quality maps were put on a large digitizer board so as to precisely determine control point locations. Doug aligned/tuned the digitizer, but his VT100 terminal was about 30 feet away, so he used a pair of binoculars to see what coordinates the digitizer was reporting! Oct 11 at 14:55
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    @640KB has a point though. The ergonomics of that work station are appalling, and it's not just the placement of the monitor. Look at how she's reaching up to the keyboard, and how the keyboard is so close, it's practically touching her solar plexus. Oct 11 at 15:17
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That's a Minolta PCW1 Word processor of Minolta Camera Co. Ltd

The "computer part" is in fact a PC with 512kBytes memory and a 80186 CPU running DOS 2.11 and proprietary word processing (or, rather: typewriter emulation) software written by a company named Carlisle Systems. The printer part apparently is a NEC daisy-wheel OEM module. The two modules came separately and can/must be bolted together.

It's relatively rare, as apparently only 10.000 units have been built.

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    It's super beautiful. Oct 10 at 14:50
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    IIRC MSDOS needed to be a special version to run on 80186 machines, since they were never truly IBM PC compatible due to the 80186 having built in peripherals that conflicted with the IBM PC memory map standard. Oct 10 at 16:58
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    @rackandboneman Probably not a spacific DOS version, but certainly a specific BIOS to handle the on-board timer, interrupt and DMA controllers. DOS doesn't do much with them, but still, the Minolta DOS for the PCW1 apparently was a proprietary version.
    – tofro
    Oct 10 at 18:09
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    @boann Yes - a European number ;)
    – tofro
    Oct 11 at 14:01
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    @tofro The thousands separator in English is a comma.
    – Boann
    Oct 11 at 14:29

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