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Amstrad portable PPC 640

PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:41 am
by tezza ... =283154231

Nice going Clinton,

Given this was working, had the box, disks and everything else this was quite a collectable item. I was toying up whether to go for it myself but I'm sticking to a strict "limited-number"-only policy due to lack of room.

$80 is a good price to get it for. Methinks had I been in the hunt myself I probably would have pushed out around $100.

Re: Amstrad portable PPC 640

PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 11:03 pm
by YetiSeti
You know what, I think it was a good buy too but somehow I am slightly less enthused with the prospect of having to find a place for it also. I'M OUT OF ROOM !!! My main museum room reaches the ceiling on all four sides now, and to my chagrin the room only has four sides.

There's been quite a few (I think several) of these computers sell in the last couple of years and I wouldn't be surprised if there's a few more boxed ones to be found given it's one of the more recent in production of computers that fit the vintage category. I've paid around $115+post for an unboxed one off trademe when there weren't too many of them turning up and it had undescribed cracks in the hinge mechanism which make it pretty rickety to open up.

I don't know if I'd call it a classic computer. The shape is pretty unique and a great looking (I'm not saying practical) design. What is your definition of "classic" ? (you probably say on your site somewhere if I have another look). Sounds like another subjective term like the "what is a vintage computer" debated on another thread.

Re: Amstrad portable PPC 640

PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:13 pm
by tezza
No, I wouldn't call it classic although, like you say, the term is very subjective. Classic to me means memorable due to a combination of popularity, usefulness, age or an innovation that really caught on therefore had historical significance.

I've got a few non-classic micros in my collection already. The Colour Genie, the RX8800 are not really classics for example. Neither is the Aquarius but I have that there as an example of classic computer cock-ups as far as misreading the market is concerned.