Ok, real realtalk. In your opinion, what’s the most esthetically pleasing old computer or terminal?

Here’s my top 3 (list subject to change without notice due to new finds and whims)...

#3 Atari 800 (1979)

An extremely pleasingly friendly yet futuristic design. Those yellow keys!

#2 LexisNexis Terminal (1980s)

If computers were designed by Italian Memphis designers.

These Yamaha cx5m MSX computers that were meant to be music computers and can control FM synths.

@thomasfuchs IDEAL's 1979 Electronic Detective is the first device I remember being utterly fascinated by. The buttons! The bleeps and bloops! The Don Adams ads!

My older brother received it as a gift, but I was repeatedly told that it was beyond my 5-year old grasp (I also assume it was rather expensive, which was another reason I was never allowed to touch it.)

I never did get to play it but it certainly awoke something deep in my nerd brain. I got a Speak & Spell not long after.

@thomasfuchs Honorable mention in the "My big brother had it and I wasn't allowed to touch it" category is Mattel Classic Football.

@ItsTheManOnTheMoon @thomasfuchs I am still better at this football game than any other. I tasted so many 9v batteries to keep this thing running...

@djsundog @thomasfuchs I had a later, LCD Mattel game called "Long Bomb Football" Which taught me most of what I know about the game of Football.


I presented the ISC Compucolor II with Intel 8080 CPU, 5.25" floppy disk, up to 32 Kb of RAM, and most importantly text and block graphics in glorious 8 bit color!

@thomasfuchs The Sinclair QL - while it was a flawed beast to program, I've never owned a computer that looked better.

@thomasfuchs Even he came from England 🇬🇧, the #Amstrad #CPC464 is a legend here in France 🇫🇷

@thomasfuchs were the fins for aesthetics or were they actually functional in heat dissipation?

@aussierockman I think they’re there for both. This thing is small and packed to the gills, and has no fan, so the fins should help at least a little bit. And they look cool.

However, the Plus/4 is notorious for dying ICs due to overheating (I have one and mine is dead, too).

That's your weirdest? Try the Enterprise 64, with its built in joystick instead of cursor keys!

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