Genisys The Rival PCII
Genisys The Rival is one of the computers of the Dutch company Genisys (abbreviation for Genius Systems), from 1987 G2 Computers. Genisys was founded by Richard Kay in 1986 with the aim of providing a cheap alternative to the IBM PC.
The Genisys “The Rival” is therefore the first computer of this computer manufacturer. The price was less than half of a comparable IBM PC, so a real rival to the established order. The Rival PC II as we own it is the successor. Probably this computer came standard with a hard disk and more memory. Little is known about this machine.
The Genisys The Rival contains a NEC V20 and runs at 8 MHz, almost 2x faster than a comparable IBM. Many brands used this 8086-compatible processor, including the Tulip Compact 2 and Philips NMS 9100.
Genisys went bankrupt in May 1987 and restarted under the brand name G2 Computers. So the exact time of this computer's release is unknown, and it is believed to have happened in 1986.
We have received the machine with MS-DOS 3.3 installed. This may well be the default operating system for this computer. There are also a number of games on this machine and of course the necessary word processors. A nice addition is a song from IBM, which is displayed in a karaoke style.
Of course, we have also made a video of this and placed it on our YouTube channel. The video can be found via this link.