THE ANCIENT Commodore 64 is back from the dead and like all good zombies it is apparently "better than ever".
The new Commodore 64 features a design that mimics the classic machine, but the computer will actually be functional in modern terms with current applications thanks to a mini-ITC motherboard, a dual-core Intel 525 Atom processor, between 2GB and 4GB of DDR3 RAM and an Nvidia Ion2 graphics chipset.
Users can wow their friends as they play modern games on the obsolete looking device, which carries the traditional taupe brown colour that it probably acquired as it climbed out of its dusty grave.
The Zombiedore 64 includes an updated keyboard, which has Cherry brand key switches and an IBM classic mechanism and click sound. The keys look the same, but reportedly they have a better action and feel.
Other new features include a DVD drive with an option for a Blu-ray drive, a multi-format card reader, several USB slots, the ability to display full HD 1080p video on monitors and TVs, and WiFi capability.
For the nostalgic among us there is a Commodore 64 emulator built into the boot menu, allowing users to play classic 8-bit games. We trust that the modern PC inside is powerful enough to manage this.
Windows can be installed, while keeping the Commodore operating system as well, creating a dual-boot computer. We imagine it can run Linux, too.
Prices range from $250 for the basic case and keyboard to $895 with the full computer inside. µ
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