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Commodore Amiga 500

The Amiga 500 is the first low-end Commodore Amiga 16/32-bit multimedia home/personal computer. It was announced at the winter Consumer Electronics Show in January 1987 – at the same time as the high-end Amiga 2000 – and competed directly against the Atari 520ST. The Amiga 500 represents a return to Commodore’s roots by being sold in the same mass retail outlets as the Commodore 64 – to which it was a spiritual successor – as opposed to the computer-store-only Amiga 1000, as well as being another computer whose keyboard is included just above in the same case.

The original Amiga 500 proved to be Commodore’s best-selling Amiga model. Although popular with hobbyists, arguably its most widespread use was as a gaming machine, where its advanced graphics and sound were of significant benefit. Amiga 500 eventually sold 6 million units worldwide.

ManufacturerCommodore InternationalCPUMotorola 68000 @ 7.14 MHz
Year Introduced1987RAM256KB, expandable to 8MB
Introductory Price$1,285
$1,790 w/RGB Monitor
Storage3.5" Floppy Disk (880KB)

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WikipediaCommodore Amiga 500
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