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Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby Retrogamer_ST » Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:18 pm

C64 looked like a toy, so did Atari 800 and 400. Oric was quite good looking and Dragon 32 "unintresting". Just to take a few of the 8bit computers.

It's between two combatants...

Atari 800 XL and ZX Spectrum. Both was very nice looking.

I'll choose Atari 800 XL as the best looking 8bit computer with ZX spectrum as a close second.

What's your favourite?
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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby Retrogamer_ST » Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:34 pm

A more suitable size of your favourite looking computer. I admit that 128 looked much better then C64, but perhaps a bit big.

Oric Atmos was quite good looking too

Then Colour Genie

At last, the best looking of them all, Atari 800 XL
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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby Dark Willow » Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:50 pm

I second the 800XL. It was (still is) a very smart looking system. It did give an air of being a very luxurious machine, especially as they had all the peripherals in the same design.

I had an 800XL with the 1010 tape deck, 1050 disk drive and 1027 printer. I still have the disk drive with it, but the tape died, and I wanted more flexible dot matrix, so I have an XC12 and Star LC10 now.
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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby Retrogamer_ST » Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:02 pm

Even the Touch Tablet for drawing matched the XL series look very well. I had a 1010 tape deck, 1050 disk drive too. Black, grey and some chrome together can't fail to make a computer look good. Besides that 800 XL gave the impression to be a robust quality computer with a professional look for it's time.
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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby nativ » Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:20 pm

You could well argue that the lastest iMacs take a design cue from the 800XL with the white black and silver :D

I did like th +3 Spectrum, especially as they went back to black rather than the +2 Grey ( My first computer )

Obviously the XE130 and ST have the same styling. The XEGS is quite funky.


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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby rocket-dog » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:15 pm

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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby Retrogamer_ST » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:17 pm

That's the laptop of yesterday? :D

;)

Speccy 128 was a good looking 8bit computer too.
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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby nativ » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:22 pm

Retrogamer_ST wrote:That's the laptop of yesterday? :D

;)

Speccy 128 was a good looking 8bit computer too.



It's funny I commented to my friend who has a new iMac that his keyboard was a similar size to a 48k Spectrum :lol:
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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby StickHead » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:58 pm

Retrogamer_ST wrote:
Speccy 128 was a good looking 8bit computer too.


Have you ever used one of these? The keys feel horrible! I'd rather type on the old rubber keyed version!

Speaking of which:

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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby Retrogamer_ST » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:04 pm

Sinclair seems to be

Great looking computers with real bad keyboards. ;) :D

Atari 800 XL had a real good keyboard if i remember correct.
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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby nativ » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:12 pm

StickHead wrote:
Retrogamer_ST wrote:
Speccy 128 was a good looking 8bit computer too.


Have you ever used one of these? The keys feel horrible! I'd rather type on the old rubber keyed version!

Speaking of which:

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Gorgeous.



See that's an iMac Keyboard! and the main machine is like an Atari800XL and it has a track pad like the 800! OMG naughty Apple with retroware!
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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby DarkLord » Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:48 am

Retrogamer_ST wrote:Atari 800 XL had a real good keyboard if i remember correct.


I like the 800XL's keyboard a lot. I think maybe the 1200's was just a
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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby Retrogamer_ST » Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:53 am

DarkLord wrote:
Retrogamer_ST wrote:Atari 800 XL had a real good keyboard if i remember correct.


I like the 800XL's keyboard a lot. I think maybe the 1200's was just a
bit better...


It was a steady keyboard, even better then the one on 130 XE. The whole feel of Atari 800 XL was a feel of quality, both in design and function.
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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby joska » Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:05 am

The Enterprise/ELAN 64/128 was a pretty cool-looking machine.

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The specs were pretty good too. I remember drooling over this machine in a local shop in the mid 80's.

The Sharp MZ-700 is also good-looking in a strange way :) It's built like a tank, I still have one and it's still working. I actually wrote a game on it (in S-BASIC) last year.

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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby Retrogamer_ST » Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:28 am

Sord M5 was a quite descent looking computer too.

And Jupiter Ace
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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby Shredder11 » Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:10 am

Retrogamer_ST wrote:That's the laptop of yesterday? :D

;)

Speccy 128 was a good looking 8bit computer too.



I bought one the other year and two weeks later it was dead, because I should not have been using it while exhausted and so I got the PSU polarity the wrong way around. I agree it is one of the best looking computers ever. Infact most of the Sinclair designs were nice including the QL.
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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby Shredder11 » Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:15 am

The Sharp MZ-700 shown above looks like a cash register that has been stretched in all directions, and the colour scheme is similar too. :mrgreen: Joking aside I like the look of anything solid and dependable.
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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby Cyprian » Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:18 am

800XL looks really beautiful:

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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby joska » Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:56 am

Shredder11 wrote:The Sharp MZ-700 shown above looks like a cash register that has been stretched in all directions, and the colour scheme is similar too. :mrgreen:


And that's exactly what Sharp had been making for decades :) When you look at the MZ-700 in real life it has really good proportions. It doesn't look nearly as massive as it does on pictures. And the tan and brown colours are fantastic - if you like the 70's :lol:
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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby wongck » Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:16 pm

Ouch !!! Yellow_Colorz_PDT_29

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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby Avanze » Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:08 pm

That Oric is kinda neat, never seen one of them before. It looks dangerous.
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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby Shredder11 » Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:46 pm

joska wrote:
Shredder11 wrote:The Sharp MZ-700 shown above looks like a cash register that has been stretched in all directions, and the colour scheme is similar too. :mrgreen:


And that's exactly what Sharp had been making for decades :) When you look at the MZ-700 in real life it has really good proportions. It doesn't look nearly as massive as it does on pictures. And the tan and brown colours are fantastic - if you like the 70's :lol:


Yeah I like it on a computer but not in clothing or house decor! :lol:
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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby nativ » Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:53 pm

wongck wrote:Ouch !!! Yellow_Colorz_PDT_29

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Is that the rival to the Atari 2600 'Woody' :lol:
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Re: Best looking 8bit computer?

Postby JonB » Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:59 pm

ZX-81. Fantastic, futuristic, industrial design. Beautiful.


Shame about the keyboard and capabilities, though. I have one, but never use it.
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