Many of the older gadget loving readers of this site will remember the Commodore 64 with great fondness. It will conjure up images of a more innocent time; one filled with the mechanical clunk of the keyboard or, if you were an Amstrad owner, the high pitch whining and shrieking of your tape trying its best to load your favourite game. Thanks to Barry Altman it need not be a bygone era for much longer as he attempts to fully revitalise the Commodore name (which, of course, included Amiga computers too).
The brand has already begun its revitalisation with a range of different systems including some nice high end gaming computers but Altman not only plans to expand the range by adding a C64 replica, called the PC64, he is also spending $30m on a massive branding and advertising campaign to help sell the extended line.
The PC64 will essentially be the flagship of the new line. In looks it is virtually an exact replica of the original Commodore 64. It has a beige, mechanical keyboard which gives the satisfying clunk that we were once so accustomed to. However, it’s also going to have an Intel Atom D525 processor and Nvidia Ion 2 Graphics. The PC64 will be released before the end of the year but there’s no price details as yet.
The rest of the line is a collection of computers with various different features; the high end model includes Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 processors and a massive 2TB hard drive. Available in the US initially it will cost around $1,300 so not cheap but a powerful machine for your dollars. There will even be a 10 inch laptop called the Totebook.
Whichever range you choose you will be presented with the Ubuntu operating system rather than a Windows one. You can take a closer lo0k at the new Commodore and Amiga ranges on the Commodoreusa.net website. To be kind we’ll say that the site has a retro feel to it, although you could be forgiven for thinking that it’s been thrown together by somebody in the office’s young child for a homework project.
Would you buy a PC64 or should the Commodore range be left as a nostalgic trip down memory lane?