So what is the computer pictured above? It is the Commodore 64 (C-64) computer that was released back in 1982 and became extremely popular. This puts it into perspective a little:
More C-64’s have been sold than any other single computer system, even to this day. That’s about 17 million systems, according to the Commodore 1993 Annual Report. In a 1989 interview, Sam Tramiel, then-president of Commodore, said that “When I was at Commodore we were building 400,000 C64s a month for a couple of years.”
This was an awesome gaming machine which had 3-channels for sound a high-resolution graphics mode. If I remember my stats right that means it is right up there with the Xbox 360! :D The manufacturer eventually got costs down to about $25 for all costs which meant consumers only had to pay $200 to own what is now a piece of history. Heck, they are still getting around $60 on eBay which is a pretty slow depreciation compared to most electronics. If you want to see more computers from back in the day you should head on over to OldComputers.net. There you’ll find a huge amount of information on some of the most ancient computers. While you are there you should read through some of the old computer ads that they have…ahh the good old days.