Finally, I had to read thousands of posts just to find that hardly anyone had an Amstrad!
I got my CPC 464 in 1986, with green screen and built-in tape deck.
The taoe deck had azimuth problems throughout it's lifetime, constantly drifting and needing to be re-adjusted - I remember Gauntlet being very troublesome to load!
When I was 14 I bought a 286 Compaq Laptop with hard-earned paper delivery money, it had a lovely sharp B&W VGA screen, and pirated Windows 3.1, motivated by games like Midwinter 2 and Day of the Tentacle!
I also used Borland tools a lot on this machine, especially later when doing my Computing A-Level. Borland C++ and Borland Turbo Pascal are still valuable teaching tools today, even on this old old (sic) silicon.