The Commodore 64 is set to make a comeback. Seriously. Engadget is reporting that Commodore USA has started taking pre-orders for a new spin on the classic PC-in-a-keyboard concept. At first glance, little has changed, which may or may not be a good thing depending on how fondly you remember the original.
Ooooh, just look at all that beigeness. Despite its retro exterior, the updated C64 comes with modern hardware, including a dual-core Atom D525, second-gen Ion graphics, and options for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a Blu-ray drive, and up to 1TB of storage and 2GB of RAM. The system is expected to be available in June with a starting price of nearly $600, which sounds a little steep for what amounts to a nettop. Vintage keyboard cred doesn't come cheap, I guess.
If your tastes run a little more modern, Commodore is also offering a VIC-Slim model based on what looks like a much newer, slimmer keyboard design. That system will reportedly sell for only $400, putting the cost of nostalgia at exactly $200. Unfortunately, we can't tell you how the VIC-Slim's specs compare because Commodore USA website appears to have crashed. I'll let you make your own jokes about what they're hosting it on.
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