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C > COMMODORE  > Amiga 600


 

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Saturday 22nd July 2017
michael nurney (uk)
Amigasoftware

The Amiga laptop comment is incorrect, there was no amiga laptop after the 8 bit laptop was canned, none was ever considered. The A600 was the bastard son of the cancelled A300 that Commodore Uk requested and agreed on. The German commodore group however insisted on a hard drive and thus a big increase in cost. When the 600 was finally ready - none of Commodores divisions ordered it - no one wanted it. It was supposed to be a cheaper A500 (A300) and upgradable with plug in hard drive, ram etc up to the A500 spec


Thursday 5th August 2010
Fredrik

The Amiga 600 is famous for being the most hated of all Amiga''s! Commodore really screw up things with this model and made a lot of confusions. It was more expensive and had same performance as the Amiga 500!?! What is the point?? However, today you can get them much cheaper than an A1200 and upgrade it with 2Mb memory and a compact flash disk of 2Gb which makes it a great little gaming machine. Back in 1992 however it was a disaster!


Monday 25th May 2009
Darren Holt (Australia)

Originally the Amiga 600''s mainboard was disigned and developed to be Commodores first attempt at a "Laptop Computer"!
(Hence, the reason behind the lac of "Numeric Keypad" and the built in "PCIMA slot") Poor sales of the 500+ put pressure on Commodore to release it''s successor, all that was available at the time was the prototype "laptop mainboards"!
Sadly the "Laptop Amiga" was canned, and the "600" was born!
Oh, what could have been!?


Friday 20th January 2006
JOE HARDISTY (STALYBRIDGE)
FOB THE GATEWAY TO CS CSSOURCE

THE AMIGA 600 WAS EXELLENT I KNOW EVERYONTE "SAYS" IT BUT YES THE PROGRAM SAY IS FANTASTIC WHEN I WAS ABOUT 5 I HAD LOADS OF FUN ON SAY. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO E-MAIL ME AT ANTHONYH055@HOTMAIL.COM P.S. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF I CAN USE A HP LASERJER 4 PLUS ON IT?


Sunday 6th November 2005
eRin (New Zealand)

I think it was about '94. You can get the internet if you have an external modem, and an internet browser. i would suggest just using pc/mac for the internet, because you will scream at how long it would take to load pages, Amigas are really awesome but for basic apps, I use mine for music composition and well, games. I bought the A500 as gaming console, but the fact it came with the 501 memory ext and hdd meant I even had an OS loaded and I got a PC emulator as well.

what I haven't figured out yet, or havent tried, is getting the emulator in and plugging in some DOS games.


Wednesday 25th May 2005
Michael Tesh (sheffield)

The A-600 is a great computer, i think the program speech synthesizer on workbench called SAY is quite advanced for how old the machine is it is quite realistic.


Tuesday 17th May 2005
Ekkehard Morgenstern (Germany)
My homepage

I still have my A-600 (I had an A-3000 and have an A-1000 and A-1200 also). The A-600 was a great little portable computer, which wasn't quite like the Amiga notebook or laptop that was never manufactured (thanks to C='s licensing policy), but it was useful noneless, you could just throw the A-600, the power supply and some cables into a bag and plug it into a monitor elsewhere.

The great thing about both A-600 and A-1200 is the built-in IDE interface which allows for 2.5" notebook drives to be connected.

The bad thing about the A-600 is its little built-in memory of 1 MB, the lack of a battery-backed up clock (which could be added with some plug-in board), and the slow 7.16 MHz 68000 CPU (which also could be replaced with plug-in boards).

However, for older or smaller Amiga applications, the A-600 was quite suitable, and it was possible to use applications that were bypassing the operating system (like many games).

A true novelty for that time was the PCMCIA slot (that the A-1200 also has), which was used for some expansion cards or interfaces.

My A-600 is still in working order; so despite its cheap casing, it was durable nonetheless.

The A-3000 and A-1000 models had internal shielding which also kept the dust away -- not one grain of dust in those.


Tuesday 21st December 2004
Matt (Earth)

Commodore went broke in 1994 I belive. Gateway bought them.


Saturday 16th October 2004
Anonymous (USA)

I had one of these machines back in the 90's, being so small it was ideal for a cramped teenagers bedroom. However I regretted it about a week after buying it.

The disk drive was awful! It made a horiffic grinding noise whenever it read or write, and the whole case had a very flimsy quality to it. By the time it was released it was already a bit behind the times, and struggled a lot with "serious" applications. You could buy a CPU accelerator board that took the speed up a bit, but as the case was so awkward inside it had to held in place to a wodge of folded cardboard. The PC card memory expansions were hard to find.


Friday 7th March 2003
Glyn Cowan (Glasgow)

help can anyone give me a copy of the 4 discs that were supplied with the amiga 600 you know the ones withe the fonts and the printer set up stuff and that grovey speech program if so contact me at glyncowan@hotmail.com


Tuesday 17th December 2002
steve (Devon, England)
http://www.geocities.com/gamesblock

I have an Amiga 600 and it is good - I have Sensible World of Soccer 95/96, and i need some help with it. When did commodore/amiga go broke? and can i get the internet on my amiga?





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