Commodore Amiga Is Back And It’s A Beast

By: Zach Walton - March 21, 2012

If you grew up in the 80s, you probably had a Commodore computer. The company made the super popular Commodore 64, but they are also known for manufacturing the Amiga line of personal computers in the 80s and 90s. Commodore has already brought back the Commodore 64 for the modern era, now it’s time for the Amiga to shine again.

The new Commodore Amiga is a mini-PC whose size is misleading. Under the tiny frame is housed a massive beast of a PC. While kids these days might not be interested or even know about the Commodore name, the revival of the Amiga brand is sure to interest some older computer fanatics.

Barry Altman, CEO of Commodore USA, said this about the launch: “This is an historic day. The team here has been working around the clock to fulfill the vision of a reunited Commodore and Amiga branded computer with the launch of our new Commodore Amiga mini.”

The Amiga mini-PC doesn’t disappoint in the specs department one bit. It’s equipped with a 3.5 GHz Intel i7 CPU, 16GB DDR3 RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 430 GPU and 1TB SATA HDD. If you’re feeling to go solid state, you can substitute the 1TB SATA driver for either a 300 GB or 600 GB SSD. It also is equipped with two wi-fi antennae and bluetooth. By the way, it’s also equipped with a slot load blu-ray drive for that future finish.

All of this is crammed into an aluminum case that’s 7.5 square inches and only 3 inches in height. To make things even sweeter, it has the awesome Amiga logo stamped on the front of the machine. If you want to get your hands on the new Amiga mini-PC, it will set you back about $2,495.

To celebrate the momentous launch of a classic PC brand, let’s watch some of the best commercials from the 80s for the Amiga.

[h/t: Engadget]
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  • amigadave

    Zach appears to be too young to really know anything about Commodore or Amiga and their histories. This new Commodore USA company has nothing to do with the great original products or company and are just capitalizing on a license to use the names, so they can sell off the shelf hardware in customized cases at ridiculous prices. The remaining Amiga community that have never stopped using their real Commodore & Amiga computers despise the misrepresentation that Commodore USA is attempting to promote.

    • Zach Walton

      You’re right, I wasn’t born when these computers were originally around. I have, however, made an effort to acquaint myself with these machines. I know that some people will not like the direction the new Commodore USA is going, but the machine itself is a nice luxury PC. The branding just makes it that much sweeter. I like it, but you’re right, I didn’t grow up with the Amiga or Commodore 64. I just played around with them in my youth when they were niche products thanks to Windows-based PCs.

  • ChryslerLE

    Just wanted to write that I agree with Amigadave. This computer has nothing to do with the Amiga or its heritage at all. Sure it sports a fancy Amiga-logo, but that’s it.

    The Amiga never went away. The AmigaOS is actually up to version 4.1 now and is being regularly updated by a company called Hyperion Entertainment. There are several hardware options for the AmigaOS; Samantha motherboards from ACube for example, or the new AmigaOne X1000 from A-EON.

  • Ken

    I think the the new Amiga is a great idea, and it looks damn good! If the build quality is anything to go by, then i think they have a winner. People buy overpriced Mac’s because of the design and the hype, few buy them mainly because of the OSX itself. Good looks can sell, and if this use a Linux based OS that can emulate old Amiga games and software, they will reach many old Amiga users with that approach. I know that the new Amiga supports Windows to, so the user will have the option to use Microsoft software as well.

    And what is this nonsense about the Amiga AmigaOne X1000 is the real amiga? Nobody know what the old Commodore and Amiga department would have done with the technology if they still would be around. The Amiga license have been sold so many times to different companies around the globe, that after Escom got bankrupt the Amiga was gone for ever. They where the last company to actually produce “real” Amiga” hardware. Companies like A-EON and Hyperion continues what Commodore and Escom left behind in the nineties, but with completely different type of hardware. A-EON uses PC Components with the Amiga OS, so it’s still a PC with a different operating system, just like a Intel Mac! So it’s just the Amiga OS that are real here, the components in the X1000 is old outdated pc parts.

    I’m happy to see a Commodore product with the real Commodore and Amiga logo as it should be. I think many people are hyped about this product!