today I was fiddling in my 8-bit man-cave and had some of my "C64" machines at hand. A spontaneous idea popped up in my mind: Why not compare them? So here we go:
There's not much to say about the original 1982 "C64". THE LEGEND! The one on the photos is from one of the first production runs, because it has the orange F-keys, which had been used in the VIC20 as far as I know.
I'm sure some of you remember the attempt of Commododre USA to re-animate the C64 trademark in 2011, buy building the "C64x". The Commodore 64x is a replica PC based on the original Commodore 64 case, powered by standard x86 Intel processors ranging from the Intel Atom to the Intel Core i7. It was sold by Commodore USA starting in April 2011. Because Commodore USA went out of business after the death of its founder, Barry Altman, this machine is no longer available.
The latest version of a C64 is of course the 2019 "TheC64" from Retrogames Ltd. It runs a linux-based game-console-like OS, but also has a functional basic and keyboard.
It is interesting to see the slight differences in size and form factor, as well as in the keyboards. Further more, the C64x case clearly shows some injection-mould sink-holes in the plastic's surface.
That's it for now. Stay safe!