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Commodore Amiga 600

Commodore Amiga 600

Speed7.14 MHz
Memory2 MB
Hard Drive512  MB

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Commodore

Amiga

Release Date: 3/1/1992
Manufacturer: Commodore
Original Retail Price:
Adjusted Inflation Price:
$499.95
$850.87*
 
Donated By: Peter Wooledge
 
The Amiga 600 is the smallest classic Amiga ever made. There is no numeric keypad, which makes it incompatible with some software that was designed to use the same. Equipped with a hard drive controller, the 600 can actually be quite useful when combined with a compact flash adapter to allow it to store a lot of software in a small space. The trap door expansion allowed you to increase the "CHIP RAM" from 1MB to 2MB, and the PCMCIA slot allowed for a maximum memory expansion up to 6MB and the connection of devices such as CD-ROM's. Using surface mount technology (the only socketed chip inside is the 2.05 Kickstart chip) the failure rate on the Amiga 600's was said to be only 0.78%, compared to the A500's failure rate of 8.25%.

This Amiga was the first to be manufactured in the UK, specifically in Scotland.

 

This computer is currently interactive in the Museum.
 

User Comments
Anonymous on Saturday, August 15, 2015
Amiga 600 whilst being the smallest Amiga, it was also very unpopular. Basically a redesigned Amiga 500+ with a smaller footprint to reduce manufacturing costs much like size and cost reduction of original PS3 to PS3 slim except it was more expensive to make then the predecessor it replaced. Numeric keypad was removed causing issues with flight simulators that relied on them. Adoption rate of Workbench 2.0 available only on Amiga 3000 before unexpected release of Amiga 500+ was low causing alot software incompatibly issues from Workbench 1.3 reliant 512k Fast RAM located in expansion slot on Amiga 500 was suddenly gone and replaced by 1Mb Chip RAM with no Fast RAM on standard unexpanded A600. Developers not following the cabinet manual and Commodore not giving them enough warning of change added to problems. Vast majority of existing Amiga 500 hardware were incompatible, left hand side expansion bus was gone replaced by PCMCIA type II slot. PCMCIA type II slot, support for internal 2.5" ATA hard disk drive as well as case styling expanded upon with numeric keypad were carried over to Amiga 1200. Amiga 600 offered little improvements on existing line and became second shortest lived Amiga after 500+.
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