As a young child, I started my technology and specifically programming journey using the Commodore 16 and 64 when I was 8 to 10 years old. Creating simple graphics like moving spheres and other blocks across the screen or learning about loops by making a word repeat a number of times by command in Commodore Basic, I have a lot of love and respect for the Commodore.
Needless to say, I was quite taken aback when I had heard they have launched a new C64 mini recently. Will it take off? I’m not so sure. There will be a few retro tech heads interested like me and some nostalgic nut jobs just for the sake of it but for me while this is a nice thing I’d say try to get an original C64 if you can. Despite the USB ports and HDMI cables now included, there was just something about the original model which stands out more.
They do however include 64 retro games built in which is a good thing so you don’t have to find any tapes or cartridges that still work for your favorite games. You also get BASIC etc as well so if you can get online copies of the old magazines with the code examples you could have a great time doing some entry-level programming plugged into your new massive TV instead of an 80’s 14″ portable like I did.
The beauty is that it is very reasonably priced at around £60-£70 pounds so it’s not going to break the bank to relive the past.
Overall a 9/10 rating from me.