And it’s with a vengeance! Yes, the Commodore is making a long-overdue comeback, and to be honest, I kinda like it.
New Commodore USA CEO Barry Altman has licensed the Commodore name and will be applying it to this: A computer within a keyboard. Sure it’s not the first time that they’ve done something like that, all the original Commodores were built like that also.
There’s no specs for it as of yet, and that’s still a work-in-progress design image, but if it stays like that, I’m going to be a huge fan of it. Given that I’ll soon be in the market for a heavier computer than what I already have, I reckon that this can do the business for me. While its size (W:17.5″ x H:2″) does it really well in terms of portability, it does seem like a bit of a mystery as to why they wouldn’t have shipped it with a screen of sorts to really go after that ever-important portable market.
From the plans, it seems like the machine will have a fair bit of gimp to it as well: It will ship with an Intel QuadCore processor, up to 2 terabytes of hard disk space, and can come with any operating system of your choice – with the exception of Mac OS X, which while it is supported, you have to buy it separately. Also, oddly enough, it’s shipping with only a DVD drive – why they haven’t chosen to go with Blu-Ray is another little mystery that I won’t understand.
Either way, in this day and age when everything seems to want to move to a higher degree of interactivity, with motion sensors, touchscreen and whatever else, it’s still odd as to why they’d push the marketing for it’s small case size, yet not just make a full-on laptop out of it. The store on their website will be open this June, so I’d imagine that it would be available for purchase st some point in the summer.