Good Morning, Everyone!

Today it is my pleasure to present to you another notable #commodore #8bit machine - the #commodore16 !!

And once more it's a low-entry system: the third model of the "264" product line (along with the C116 and the Plus/4).

It features a 7501 or 8501 CPU (depends on model), a 6510 compatible chip, 16KB of DRAM (faster than the C64 DRAM), the TED video chip (320x200 pixels with 121 colors). The ROM contains BASIC 3.5 as well as a machine monitor. Sound capabilities are quite limited: 2 "Voices", one of them can only produce square waves, but 3-bit digital sound was possible.

But let's face it, one of the most remarkable features of the C16 is the dark gray case witht the lighter gray keys! I mean, this is what the C64 should've looked like!!

@Wintermute_BBS I always wondered why Commodore chose this colour combination for this machine and not for the C64.

What would have been if this beast would have had 64K or even more from the start and excellent compatibility with the C64 (or even more machines)?

@stirz well, AFAIK the original C64 color was chosen by randomly grabbing a can of color and spraying a VIC-20 case to distinguish the few prototype C64 machines from a VIC-20.

Why no one in marketing changed that before mass production began is only known to the universe ...

... but since we're talking about Commodore here, I am not surprised at all! 🤣​


@Wintermute_BBS Commodore was all about moving fast and keeping cost low so that low prices could still bring them nice margins.

But still. I always considered the brown color a kind of "Henry Ford black model T"-move

@stirz I really think no one has given it a second thought and everyone either focused on the technical features and product deadlines or staff was fired by Tramiel before they could intervene by suggesting a different case color.

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