Buying a Microbee

I recently purchased a large cache of Microbee computers with the intent of refurbishing them and reselling to the retro computer community.

I’m working my way through them, and there has been a lot of interest from people who are eager to buy.

Right now, the Microbee base units are $350AUD, and monitors are $AUD200. This does not include post and packaging, if required.

NOTE: no disk systems are available until new parts arrive from China. I’ll post again when these are available. There are a small number of ROM systems still available.

NOTE: all of the remaining systems have cases engraved with “Lisarow High School”. I can send pictures of the cases before you agree to purchase.

The price may change depending on the number of parts I need to make them work.

If you still interested, here what you need to know:

  • The systems are tested and working. DRAM has passed a memory test, video is stable, and floppy controllers (if fitted) are aligned using a Gotek floppy drive emulator.
  • The keyswitches will probably need cleaning, so not all keys may work correctly. You will need to clean then (excellent instructions from Ewan Wordsworth of Microbee Technology can be found here), or you can buy a full keyboard replacement kit from
  • The systems do NOT include a cable or power supply. These can be purchased from
  • The 128k Microbee systems do NOT include a floppy drive, unless otherwise stated. I do have a few 3.5″ drives that could be used to make up a Computer-In-A-Book, but I’ve not had time to refurbish them so far.
  • Monitors are not included, unless otherwise stated. I do have a few amber Microbee-branded monitors available. Once they are gone, they are gone!
  • Cases will be wiped clean and any writing or non-original stickers will be removed. The cases and keyswitches may be yellowed from age or sun exposure. Some cases may be engraved by the orignal owner (apparently many of these systems came from “Lisarow High School”).
  • If the case is engraved, I will confirm with you before payment is accepted.
  • There are a few ROM based systems available. If you want one, please contact me at for exact details on availability.
    Note that ROM systems cannot be upgraded to a disk system without a replacement coreboard and maybe some baseboards mods. I may have some floppy coreboards available at a later date.
A “hive” of Microbees?
A 32k ROM Microbee showing the BASIC prompt