11 Facts About Amiga 600


Amiga 600, known as the A600, is a home computer introduced in March 1992.

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Snydes canceled the still-popular A500 that year to ensure demand for the new system, and development on the Amiga 600 series stalled for the first six months as he and Ali focused on targeting the PC marketplace while selling the new model.

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Expansion capabilities new to the Amiga 600 line were the PCMCIA Type II slot and the internal 44-pin ATA interface both most commonly seen on laptop computers.

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Later, a number of compatible laptop-computer peripherals have been made to operate with the AAmiga 600, including network cards, serial modems and CompactFlash adapters.

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Amiga 600 Computing reviewed the original and hard drive models and was more favorable to the latter.

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Amiga 600 similarly criticized the need for the power brick, and questioned Commodore's design choices, in particular, removing the expansion slot, retaining the Motorola 68000 processor, and replacing an A501 connector with an A601 one, although not minding the loss of the numeric keypad.

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Amiga 600 further took issue with the barriers to upgrading the machine internally.

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Amiga 600 said the model was best suited for users who needed to travel with it and are not interested in expanding their systems, but saw no incentive for users who wanted upgradeability.

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Disgruntled Commodore engineers nicknamed the model the "Amiga 600 Junior", a reference to Sydnes' previous project of which he was in charge while at IBM, the IBM PCjr, which was a critical and commercial failure.

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Dave Haynie, who worked as a senior engineer for Commodore, described the new features the AAmiga 600 provided as bloat and noted its compatibility issues with A500 peripherals and lack of numeric keypad.

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Ars Technica considers it to be the worst of Commodore's Amiga models, citing its higher price and fewer features compared to the Amiga 500, while noting that markets were overstocked with A600 units at the same time that the more popular A500 and A1200 models were under-manufactured.

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