Ok, real realtalk. In your opinion, whatโ€™s the most esthetically pleasing old computer or terminal?

Hereโ€™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 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง, the #Amstrad #CPC464 is a legend here in France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

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