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The Commodore 64 returns

By / 03.22.12

The Commodore 64 is beloved among nerds, because for a lot of them, it was their first computer: the Commodore 64 (named for its 64 kilobytes of RAM) is the best selling single model of personal computer of all time. Helping matters was the fact that everything was crammed into the keyboard. Between 1982 and 1986, it pretty much dominated the computing market.

Commodore 64Of course, all things must end, and the Commodore 64 was dumped into the dustbin of computer history. At least until now, anyway.

As you may have guessed, the clunky computer-in-a-keyboard is back, and it’s not just a toy for nerds: it’s an actual computer.

OK, so it’s not a high end gaming rig: it runs a 2.13 GHz Intel Atom processor, but it does at least have a decent graphics processor in it. You can also get an optional DVD drive in the side, and it comes standard with WiFi, card readers, and five USB ports.

Really impressive, though, is the effort they put into making this look and feel exactly like the old Commodore 64. The keyboard uses switches, for that chunky click you remember from grade school, and the casing is designed to resemble the ’80s version as much as possible. It even includes a custom Linux distribution called Vision that runs old Commodore 64 software.

That said, nostalgia costs: this starts at $1295. Still, if you’re an ’80s kid, it might be worth the money just to feel that click again.

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About Dan Seitz... Dan Seitz is a semi-professional nerd (he'll have to code a homebrew game for the NES before he goes pro). He grew up fiddling with video game systems, computers, cameras, and other technology you should never hand to an eight-year-old if you want it back in pristine condition. Currently, he lives in Boston with his girlfriend, her cat, a Shih Tzu, and far too many objects with processors.

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