It's less capable (Atari neutered) and turns yellow just like every other ugly cheap computer of that era. Love is in the eye of the beholder, so not criticizing you or your ilk. It's just, this model is part of a long line of poor decisions at TI. I'd laugh if it didn't make me cry. A model specifically designed to thwart third party software support. It's an atrocious perversion of the -99/4's lineage. Other than that I'm sure it's a fine machine.
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I have never encountered a yellowed beige model. Every one I ever had looked fantastic. It's not made of cheap plastic either. It is equally a very very well built model. The things I personally like about it:
1. Holds up better in the long term physically. I have seen some REALLY bad looking aluminum models. They scratch and ding pretty easily, much like the metal strip on the Atari 7800. Finding a great looking one is a lot harder than the beige model.
2. I like the power switch on the beige model MUCH better. Sure, it does not have a light, but this switch feels a lot sturdier in my opinion.
3. It is a nice color and goes very well with my other beige non-yellowed vintage computers
True you always have the worry that it will be a gimped v2.2 model, but I suspect those models to be pretty rare as I have never come across a single beige model with that revision GROM
Here's a beige model I scored recently for $10. Doesn't look so bad (or yellowed) now does it? The other pic is an example of how I usually find the first model in the wild (when I do find them...which has not happened now in over a year)
Edited by eightbit, Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:33 PM.