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Retro Atari 800 XE Laptop

— November 20, 2005 — Tech
Ben Heck, a maker of custom portable electronics, has created a laptop that brings you back to 1987. Wild.

- Uses (what's left of ;) an Atari XE GS (Game System) the last model Atari 800 type computer from 1987.
- 8" TFT active matrix display
- Compact Flash "hard disk drive" utilizing MyDOS 4.53 for maximum drive size of 16 megabytes. Card is removable for swapping.
- Built-in NiMH battery pack and charger (uses external plug like a normal laptop) Also battery is removable from base as with most laptops.
- Full (Atari 800) sized keyboard
- Built-in Player 1 & 2 controls, plus joystick ports. Built-in joypads great for playing Robotron 2084!
- Brushed aluminum and wood grain everywhere! A weird combo style, sure, but I like it!
- Cursor control knob - Allows you to move the cursor around the screen without pressing control+arrow keys. That's awesome if you're an old-school Atari programmer "from the day"
- Slim (compared to an original SIO port) DB25 printer-style port for connecting to disk drives, printers or PC's using an SIO2PC cable.

Trend Themes
1. Retro Computing - Opportunity for businesses to capitalize on the nostalgia trend by creating products that combine vintage design with modern technology.
2. Custom Electronics - Innovative companies that offer personalized electronics can gain a competitive edge in the market.
3. Portable Gaming - The rising trend of mobile gaming presents an opportunity for companies to create portable gaming devices with a vintage twist.
Industry Implications
1. Consumer Electronics - Companies can tap into the retro computing trend by creating products that combine vintage design with modern technology for a unique user experience.
2. Gaming - Game developers can explore the potential of creating games that cater to the nostalgia trend by incorporating vintage elements into their gameplay and graphics.
3. Personalized Electronics - Businesses can provide customers with unique and customized electronics offerings that cater to their personal preferences and nostalgia.
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