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Extremely Rare condition Acorn Atom Computer - Museum Quality and working
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Used: An item that has been previously used. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully ... Read moreabout the condition
Brand: Acorn


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Acorn Atom 8k Rom 2k Ram – Museum Quality

What you are looking at is an extremely rare acorn atom. This is museum quality example of this rare computer. It looks like it was manufactured last week. There is no scratches, discolouring or extra holes drilled into it of any kind. It still has its protective film over the keyboard surround and rear plate.

Acorn Atoms are a rare computer anyway as, they were sold in the early 1980's. This was the  early days of computing so these machines were ideal for experimenting on. As a result, people removed the voltage regulators to allow a bigger power supply to be used to add more chips. They would put holes in the case to help vent the regulators if they kept them in. They'd fit switches, LED's, etc. Due to overheating the backs of the computer sometimes melted. Also the the plastic they made from yellows horribly after a short time.

To find an Acorn Atom in any condition working or not is rare. They do appear from time to time on ebay but it's not like the ZX spectrum or BBC where several examples will come back. If you are lucky there may be one or two if any.

To find an Acorn Atom that is working is rarer. To find one that looks good and still in the original factory packaging (not the usual plain cardboard box) is extremely rare. To find one that looks brand new is unheard of.

This has been the pride of my collection for a while now. This computer took me a long time to track this one down and very good money was paid for it.

It is a good investment piece and I originally bought it to sell later but due to the current financial climate, it is up for sale.

As well as the computer. It also comes with all the original books and documentation. Again this is all in excellent condition and has not been heavily thumbed through. The documents included are:

  • The Atom Error code/ character code card
  • Programs for the Atom (a catalog of the software available)
  • Atomic Theory and practice (The main user manual
  • The Atom Technical manual
  • The circuit diagram
  • Atomic Theory and practice Typed errata to second edition dated 8/1/81 sheet

The polystyrene packaging is complete and intact which again is rare. It does have a few marks on it but again these are minimal and rare to see in this condition. You will also note that there is no place for the power supply to be stored. I assume that this is because it was bought separately. 

The outer box is intact with no rips or tears. As you can see from the photos, it does have a few scuffs from wherever it has been stored before I obtained it.  Again I have yet to see another box in this good a condition. 

As you can see from the photos. This is a factory assembled basic Acorn Atom with matching documentation and box. My assumption is that it was a returned unit that has sat in a store room before being sold off to a member of staff who has kept it in boxed condition.

The computer is an Issue 5 motherboard, it does power up and all the keys work. I have not attempted to load any software as I try to handle it as little as possible. There is a faint line over the right hand side of the screen but every command tried seems to work fine. 

Any questions are welcome and I am open to offers. Due to the price, postage is free in the UK and will be reduced for outside the UK.  

It does also come with an original Acorn Atom Power supply (8V 1.8A) 









































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