The Video Genie EG3003 I version 1 was considered a clone of the Tandy TRS-80 Model I, though some hardware and software differences existed. They were built in Hong Kong. Most noticeably the Genie version 1 lacked a Clear and Tab key. These were later added in Genie I version 2 at the expense of the right Shift key. The Genie II came out in 1981 did away with the built in tape recorder and instead had a numeric keypad.

The Genie came out in 1980. It has a CPU was a Zilog 80 running at 1.76MHz, 16kB RAM, 12kB ROM, ran Microsoft Basic II. It was Monochrome and could run in Text mode at 16 x 32 or 16 x 64, or could run in Graphics mode at 128 x 48.

A Genie Expander EG3013 was available which allowed the addition of disk drives, and also allowed for a S-100 bus interface.