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Commodore Makes Comeback With Keyboard PC

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The old Commodore 64 spirit is channeled in upcoming keyboard PC that may support Hackintoshes.

Commodore computers were at one time a big thing, but times have changed. Today Commodore is revived as a brand of gaming PCs and today, that brand now extends to keyboard PCs.

Commodore USA today debuted on its website a keyboard form factor PC that packs in all the necessary parts – except for the display – into the keyboard. Interestingly, Commodore lists on its slideshow for the product that it's compatible with a wide array of operating systems, including Windows, Linux and even Mac OS X. Of course, there's a note saying that Apple's OS is unsupported and that the user must install it himself.

Some may liken this keyboard PC to Asus' still unreleased Eee Keyboard, but the Commodore packs an optical drive and doesn’t have the integrated touchscreen. Engadget did point out that the product pictures do bear a striking resemblance to Cybernet's keyboard computers, which supported Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad, with starting prices at $629.

Look for the Commodore Keyboard PC to hit sometime in Spring.

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    brother shrike , March 18, 2010 11:56 PM
    Looks kind of uncomfortable to be perfectly honest...
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    jhansonxi , March 19, 2010 12:01 AM
    It is using that old brand name it better come with a C64 emulator and some games.
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    fgump , March 19, 2010 12:03 AM
    Just taking an existing Cybernet PC and slapping the Commodore name on it? Come'on this isn't even Commodore related! At least if it had some C64 or Amiga OS emulation. Hope people won't rush out and get this just because the name on it will be Commodore.
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    Anonymous , March 19, 2010 12:20 AM
    I will rush out to get this just because it has the name Commodore on it. That and the fact that I can put OSX on it. Maybe even triple boot OSX, Ubuntu and Windows 7. Get the best of all worlds perhaps.
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    zoemayne , March 19, 2010 12:20 AM
    HD? NOPE. Just integrated intel graphics nothing special here.
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    Anonymous , March 19, 2010 12:22 AM
    I won't get it. This is a F'in joke!
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    curnel_D , March 19, 2010 12:27 AM
    Their site lists a barebones version for $1? Not kidding.
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    the_krasno , March 19, 2010 12:28 AM
    It looks pretty slick, let's see how good it really is.
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    Tremec , March 19, 2010 12:32 AM
    No descrete graphics puts it in the fail bin also.
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    enzo matrix , March 19, 2010 12:47 AM
    Soo... it's a thick laptop without an integrated monitor?
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    belardo , March 19, 2010 12:51 AM
    And the "64" can still stick since rather than meaning 64k of RAM, it has a 64bit CPU support ;) 

    The optical drive and keyboard should match the color, in 80s beige or 90's brown ;) 
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    davendork , March 19, 2010 12:59 AM
    I wish it had the retro design, color scheme and mechanical keys like the old days.
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    WheelsOfConfusion , March 19, 2010 1:38 AM
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    doron , March 19, 2010 2:47 AM
    I think it's a very nice solution for people who wish to keep it simple & small.
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    Maxor127 , March 19, 2010 3:43 AM
    I don't see anything Commodore 64 about it except for the size and slope of the keyboard. I expected the F keys to be on the side and stuff. C64 was awesome back in the day.
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    xenorm , March 19, 2010 5:08 AM
    My company purchased one of these to try as a "creative solution" to an easy problem over a year ago. After the order, it took several months (6+) to get the demo, the customer service was horrendous, it’s heavier than it looks, and the highly touted power savings were next to nothing. When I tried to return it two weeks after we received it, the person on the phone told me that I was past the 30 day trial period and it took several attempts to explain that I had only used the unit for two weeks even though the order was placed six or more months prior. The only debut is the name; it used to be called the Cybernet ZPC or something like that. I'd recommend a Micro ATX "something else" if you are looking for a small form factor desktop.
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    deadlockedworld , March 19, 2010 5:59 AM
    Why on earth would you want to put that giant thing on your lap to use with a TV? This makes no sense at all.

    (unless they could sell it for like $200 as a poor-person computer)
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    tlmck , March 19, 2010 7:39 AM
    Based on the cutting edge tech, they ought to sell tens of those.
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    tlmck , March 19, 2010 7:45 AM
    Come to think of it, it could become a collectors item if few enough sell.
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    gilbertfh , March 19, 2010 10:39 AM
    Honestly jab at it however you like but a computer like this could be good for small office environments. Of course studies would have to be done on the angle of the keyboard in relation to productivity.
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