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KLund1 wrote:I was browsing though an old stack of ANALOG magazines and came across some Atari machines that I have not heard of before. These were, as I recall, in issues 10 thru 20 somewhere.
There was an article about CES, I think, that had a picture of a 130ST. Another issue had a picture of a working 260STD (though I think that the name had to have been changed later. An STD is not a good thing to be associated with!!! something in a serial port perhaps.....)
In another issue they talked about an 65XEM (M for music), and a 65XEP (portable). Another listed a 1450XL (not XLD) along with the 1400XL.
Still another issue spoke about a re-release of an upgraded 7200 with slightly upgraded graphics capabilities.
I know the ST's existed, because there were pictures, but the others I'm not quite so sure.
Anyone got some input.
Dark Willow wrote:260STD - Can't confirm this, but I would imagine this was simply an early name for the STf (floppy drive, no RF out) with the "D" for "disk", before someone pointed out the obvious problem.
Whatever the reason, Atari did show up at CES, though its exhibit was a mere shadow of its former self. Instead of a huge display area with row after row of 2600 game machines, each showing a different new video game, the new Atari was stuck in a 20 by 20 meeting room, containing one 2600 machine, one 5200, a couple of 130XEs, a 520ST, and a 260STD. A 260STD? Of course! What would a CES be without another Atari mutant to show off? The 260 was said to be the prototype of the mass market version of the ST line. Those of you following Atari's marketing plans will remember that the 520St is to be sold by computer specialty retailers only, in a bundled system including monitor and disk drive, for $800.
But while specialty stores can offer service and support, they can't order 50,000 pieces at a time as K-Mart can. The 260ST was created to pique the interest of the mass merchants, who so far have been less than eager to get involved with the ST line. The model shown, the 260STD, has 256K RAM, the GEM operating system in ROM, and a built-in 3.5" disk drive, and fits in a keyboard unit small enough to stock dealers shelves. The projected price of this unit is $500 ($400 without the disk drive).
Mal7921 wrote:Looking at the ST naming conventions, the STe should have become the STfme, but I guess the similarity to STuffme may have put them off
tjlazer wrote:Mal7921 wrote:Looking at the ST naming conventions, the STe should have become the STfme, but I guess the similarity to STuffme may have put them off
Well at some point you have to change it up and keep it simple. STE does just that.
Atari 1040STfme is not feasible. You can't keep adding letters forever.
Atari messed up with the modulator anyway. Should of been included from day one on the 1040STf. They also messed up with the SF354, should of never been. Should of been the SF314. That way for the life of the ST, most released disk games would of not been SSDD. :ugh:
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