Do you remember typing Load"*",8,1 to fire up a program? How about using an Epyx Fast Load cartridge to speed up load times? If either of those bring back memories, then you grew up in (or lived through) the Commodore 64 era nearly three decades ago. With sales estimated to be as high as 17 million units, the Commodore 64 is largely regarded as the best-selling PC model of all time. It only makes sense, then, that someone would try to bring the C64 back, albeit with updated components.
Commodore 64 is ressurecting the C64 with a near replica of the original model, at least externally. It sports the same beige housing with black keys that you remember from long ago, though the plank's been upgraded with Cherry brand key switches for a better feel.
On the inside, however, nothing is as you remember it. The new Commodore 64 sports a mini-ITX motherboard with a dual-core Intel Atom 525 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, Nvidia Ion 2 graphics, up to 4GB of DDR2-667/800 RAM, onboard 6-channel audio, DVD burner (optional Blu-ray reader), multi-card reader, USB ports, and other amenities found on a modern day nettop.
Also included is a built-in Commodore 64 emulator with a handful of classic games pre-installed. Pricing ranges from $250 for a barebones setup (basically just the case and card reader) all the way to $895 for a fully loaded system with a 1TB hard drive. All units come with Ubunutu 10.04 LTS on disk and ready to install.
Edited by Tunapiano - 4/6/11 at 9:18am