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Compute Issue 26 (July 1982)

Updated 21 Jun 2019

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We hit the Commodore bonanza with this issue. Commodore announced their third generation line up of computers at the The Chicago Consumer Electronics Show in 1982. The two pages are really just a teaser and showed the direction Commodore was intending to take after its successful PET and VIC20 microcomputers. The big line up included the BX256, B128, "P" Series, the C64 and MAX.

Compute!
Issue 26, July 1982

We hit the Commodore bonanza with this issue. Commodore announced their third generation line up of computers at the The Chicago Consumer Electronics Show in 1982. The two pages are really just a teaser and showed the direction Commodore was intending to take after its successful PET and VIC20 microcomputers.

Chicago Consumer Electronics Show - Commodore's Third Generation

The microcomputer we are least familiar with is the Commodore Max. For some reason we think that it should have been called MAXX as the XX gives it more max. But in looking up the specs for the Commodore Max should have called the Commodore Min as it is a stripped down introductory version of the C64. Apparently Commodore only sold these machines in Japan as an introductory C64. The C64 would forever hold code and settings for this very short lived machine so it could be called compatible.


Image: Commodore Max in Japanese livery
Source: Wikimedia

 

Commodore BX-256 is probably a German only machine built for business. It is a great looking machine and looks different to the shoe boxes available at the time. I recommend a look at this site for more details. The official Commodore marketing material for the BX256-80 is here.

download here

(Internet Archive)

The summer of 1982 turns out to be an important pivot in the microcomputer industry. The vintage goodies shown in the 1982 CES has proven to be the year where microcomputers became mainstream. Maybe, just maybe, a computer could arrive in every classroom and children's bedroom around the world. Commodore shows what would be the most popular microcomputer ever produced, the amazing Commodore C64.

It will still be another year or two before Apple returns with the beautiful Apple Macintosh. It is only recently that the internal Apple Macintosh promotional video has surfaced. This was in stark contrast with the expandable console systems being peddled by the Z80 crowd, like the Bally Professional Arcade computer console.

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