Atari Computers (c1980s)

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Atari 400

Atari 800

Atari 800 XL1

Atari 520ST

Atari 130XE

Atari 65XE

About the Atari 400

The Atari 400 home computer came with 16K of RAM and 10K of ROM. The model 400 used typewriter-style keyboard, with pressure-sensitive wipe-clean keyboard panel. It had 57 alphanumeric keys and four special function keys. It could support color, sound, inverse video, full-screen editing, and four-way cursor control. The Atari 400 used the 6502B microprocessor and had a .56 microsecond cycle and 1.8 MHz clock speed. The 400 weighed just under 6 pounds and plugged into a television set for display. It was introduced in 1978. It cost about $500, later reduced to about $359.

About the Atari 800

The Atari 800 (shown in ad above) used the 6502 processor, had 8K RAM expandable to 48K, could access external cassette player or floppy drives. It was announced in 1978, although it did not ship until later. It weighed under 10 pounds and cost about $999, later reduced to $789.


See also Atari 2600 Video Game.

See also Atari Corporation in the Glossary.

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