Top 5 Vintage Commodore Computers

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Commodore Business Machines produced a long line of personal computers at affordable prices, making them more accessible for home use in the 1970s and 1980s. Their machines utilised the latest technology and used advanced designs to make them popular amongst people all over the world. While the Commodore 64 is the most commonly known model, several others are worth mentioning. Whether for productivity or gaming, Commodore's computers included many software options for all types of users. People who enjoy collecting vintage computers should look more closely at the top five models produced by Commodore over the years.
1 Commodore PET 2001-N
Commodore PET 2001-N

First introduced in 1977, the Commodore PET 2001-N was the first all-in-one home computer on the market. It featured a 1MHz MOS 6502 processor, 4 KB to 8 KB RAM, and a built-in 9-inch screen with a 40 x 25 resolution. The computer used the BASIC operating system, originally designed by Microsoft. The PET 2001 was the first model of this computer, but users did not like the size of the keyboard. It was too small to use effectively, so the 2001-N redesigned the keyboard to make keys larger and give them more space. Commodore was able to achieve the larger feature by removing the internal storage cassette and replacing it with an external drive. One of the biggest advantages of this computer over others was that it had a built-in monitor allowing the machine to take up less space.


2 Commodore VIC-20
Commodore VIC-20

The Commodore VIC-20 computer was a popular choice because it featured a colour monitor. Because the screen only displayed 22 characters of text per line, it was not a good choice for business purposes. Additionally, it did not have a very powerful hard drive. However, because of its colour monitor and affordable price, many people overlooked its shortcomings. Though not the best choice for business purposes, it was excellent for gaming. Users could easily control their games by attaching a joystick to the joystick port rather than using the keyboard to input commands. The Commodore VIC-20 had a 1MHz MOS 6502 processor, 5 KB RAM, and a 16-colour monitor with a resolution up to 184 x 176.


3 Commodore 64
Commodore 64

Entering the market in 1982, the Commodore 64 was even more popular for games than the Commodore VIC-20. It holds the title as the single-most popular computer system ever sold. While exact sales records are unavailable, estimates place sales at 17 million units sold by the end of its life. The Commodore 64 had a 1MHz MOS 6510 processor, 64 KB RAM, 16-colour composite display with a resolution of 320 x 200, and used the BASIC operating system. While this may seem unimpressive compared to modern technology, at the time of its release, it was the top of the line. The Commodore 64 also used a floppy drive rather than cartridges or cassettes for storage as seen in earlier computers. While its design was rather unimpressive, the Commodore 64 was versatile and powerful enough for both business and entertainment purposes. Its production ceased in 1994.


4 Commodore Plus/4
Commodore Plus/4

The Commodore Plus/4 was in production from 1984 to 1985. Designed for small business use and for serious computer programmers, it features a 1.76MHz MOS 8501 processor, 64 KB RAM, and 121-colour display. Its release coincided with the production of the Commodore 64, so its potential was greatly overshadowed by the popularity of the other system. The Commodore Plus/4 saw moderate success in Europe, but not enough for the company to continue production after the first year. This model integrated four software programmes into its design: word processor, spreadsheet, database, and graphing. While not the ideal machine for gamers, the Commodore Plus/4 was a powerful machine for productivity.


5 Commodore 128
Commodore 128

The Commodore 128 family of computers had two CPUs and three modes, enabling it to function as three computers in one. C64 mode was the most popular and was almost entirely compatible with Commodore 64 BASIC 2.0 hardware and software. C128 mode used the advanced version of BASIC 7.0 for high-resolution displays and graphics manipulation. Because of its similarities to C64 mode, it was the least used of the three modes. CP/M mode worked with all of the latest technology of the era. Its compatibility included applications such as Turbo Pascal and WordStar. Unfortunately, MS-DOS operating systems were more advanced than what CP/M could keep up with, quickly making the Commodore 128 obsolete.


How to Buy Vintage Commodore Computers

There is no better place to search for vintage Commodore computers than eBay. Locate the computer you want from one of millions of sellers from all over the world. Browse the selection of computers available or perform a keyword search to find a specific model. Compare the listings by viewing photographs and reading the seller's item description. During the 1970s and 1980s, Commodore computers were popular in millions of households all around the world. For the first time, users could find machines that helped them with their business needs as well as provided a source of entertainment. With several models released over the years, shoppers should consider the top five vintage models before choosing one to own.
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