Revenge of the nerds: Commodore 64 home computer is back
It's hard these days to appreciate what home computer was like back in the '80s. Suffice to say it was only two steps in front of carving words on giant boulders using a hammer and chisel. Case in point: The Commodore 64 personal computer, which debuted in 1982. It had all the charm of a Pet Rock, and weighed about the same.
But nerds loved it. I mean the sorta love usually reserved for Boba Fett and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And that's probably why, ta-dah!, the Commodore 64 has been released!
The new version looks exactly the same: a big, clunky keyboard. It even has the same pricetag: a very reasonable then-and-now price of $595. But look under the hood. Whereas the old version had a 6510 microprocessor and 64KB of RAM, the new Commodore has ... well, let's let PCWorld.com reveal the specs: "a Dual Core 525 Atom processor, an Nvidia Ion2 graphics chipset, 2GB of RAM (upgradeable to 4GB), a 160GB hard drive, and built-in Wi-Fi. On the left side of the keyboard there's a slot or tray-load DVD (upgradeable to Blu-ray), and on the right side there's a multi-format card reader, along with a USB 2.0 port. The rear features four additional USB 2.0 ports; mouse and keyboard PS/2 ports; DVI, VGA, and HDMI ports; Ethernet; and support for 6-channel HD audio. It runs Linux, but you can install Windows if you like."
Of course, if you're old school and just want the keyboard and a card reader, that's fine. Please hand over $250. Click here to order.