Jim Brain wrote: > C116 [..] arguable bit better KB I still wonder how cheap membrane/rubber keyboards could be made, compared to the volumes of full-travel keyboards Commodore already used in everything from the PET 2001N to the Commodore 64 at that point. It appears to me that they would have quite a good unit price by then. Plastic cases could be made smaller with a smaller rubber keyboard, of course also packaging and shipping weight. Is this where Commodore would really cut cents to make the C116 a very inexpensive entry level computer? As for competing with the Sinclairs, no matter if you consider the ZX-81/TS1000 or the Spectrum/TS2068, the number of existing users, software etc should have been taken into account. I'm sure Commodore could've released a 32K Commodore 64 with cheaper keyboard for price sensitive customers. After all, the Japanese (and others?) had the UltiMAX a couple of years before. When it comes to a replacement for the aging VIC-20, Commodore already had a 40 column chip 6562/63 in development but apparently it never saw its way into production. So yes, to me it looks like the TED initially was meant as a project to create a very cheap entry level computer. When more features were added, it was heralded a VIC-20 replacement or even a step-brother to the already best selling C64 and along the way it may have lost its focus and target group. From a business perspective, I fully understand if Commodore didn't want to improve upon the C64 just yet. Software developers would get confused for which computer they should develop, the older C64 model or the newer machine with significantly additional features. It might've been a big enough transition when focus shifted from VIC-20 to C64 after only ~1.5 years. Best regards Anders Carlsson Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2012-04-19 12:53:13
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