Unless Commodore USA is secretly planning to release a new version of the “portable” Commodore SX-64 (pictured below), this isn’t a laptop, but the latest version does use a mobile CPU to reach beyond the 1MHz clock speed offered by the original. A quad-core, Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7-2720QM clocked at 2.2GHz ensures that you can play Boulder Dash and The Great Giana Sisters at the highest possible quality settings.
Old-time gamers like myself who have passed the respectable age of 30 has almost certainly owned or at least been in contact with the original Commodore 64. It was a huge success at its launch in 1982 and brought with it hundreds of instant classics like International Karate, Impossible Mission and The Last Ninja, to name a few. It was also available in a portable version called the SX-64, which just might qualify as the world’s first gaming laptop (although the meaning of the word “laptop” didn’t really apply here for obvious reasons).
For some six months after releasing the new and updated Commodore 64 to the U.S. market, the revived brand is back with an updated version . On the outside it looks just like a good old C64 (the thick version) including the beefy keys on the original. But where the previous version made use if an Intel Atom D525 with Nvidia ION 2 graphics, the new model has been equipped with a quad-core mobile CPU, although unfortunately only with Intel’s integrated graphics. The Nvidia version is apparently still available though.
Those who are not content with netbook performance might want to have a look at the “Extreme” version, which besides the Core i7 processor is complemented by eight gigabytes of ram, a 2 terabyte hard drive, USB 3.0 ports, optical audio through SPDIF, video via HDMI, DVI or VGA as well as Ethernet and Wi-Fi. The machine comes with a Linux distribution installed, but you are obviously free to install Windows or whatever OS you prefer. The Extreme version sells for $1,500, but if you think that’s a bit steep you can still choose the Nvidia ION 2 version for $999 or a barebones version for a mere $349.
Check it out at Commodore USA.