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What do you think is the best/ugliest looking 80s computer?

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3 minutes ago, bluejay said:

The prototype I dreamt of is the XE portable. For some reason, I really, really like luggables, and the idea of an XE luggable with an amber crt and built in 5.25" floppy drive following that gray XE color scheme? I wish it was released.

never knew about that one, I'll have to look it up.

 

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23 hours ago, gladders said:

Ugliest...probably the TI99, because it's not symmetrical.

Dude, those are fighting words! 😉

How can you not appreciate that sleek black and aluminum trim?

 

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On 3/27/2020 at 11:31 AM, krslam said:

I always liked the sleek look of the Commodore 8032SK, the so-called porsche design:

Dominic Pajak on Twitter: "Beautiful design: Commodore PET SK ...

 

and the similar B128:

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The prototype PET had a similar rounded design which did not survive to production.

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4 hours ago, ClausB said:

The prototype PET had a similar rounded design which did not survive to production.

Good reminder - I had forgotten about that.  It does look better than the production PET 2001 (which looks like something you'd expect from a company that made file cabinets), but it'd be disqualified from this thread anyways for not being an '80s computer. 

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10 hours ago, ClausB said:

The prototype PET had a similar rounded design which did not survive to production.

I absolutely love the Porsche style PETs.

Speaking of PETs, doesn't the Tandy 200's design kinds remind you of the PET? Anyways, I know you guys are all sick of me talking about the Tandy 200, but I think it's pretty handsome.

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8 hours ago, bluejay said:

I absolutely love the Porsche style PETs.

Speaking of PETs, doesn't the Tandy 200's design kinds remind you of the PET? Anyways, I know you guys are all sick of me talking about the Tandy 200, but I think it's pretty handsome.

I'm a fan of the Tandy 200, myself, but I'm afraid I don't see any resemblance to a PET.

 

Did you know Commodore made a prototype of a Tandy 200 style machine, the Commodore LCD? You can see similarities to both the 64C case and the plus/4 keyboard in the design.

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