Amiga Says New Hardware On The Way

dell takes a slice at apple with super thin latitude z dellz closed

In the mainstream computing world, Macintosh users are generally considered to be slightly insane, what with their cult-like devotion to the brand, appreciation of elegant designs, and a willingness to buy into a vertically-integrated platform. But, folks, Mac users have got nothing on fans of the Amiga, and they just got something to crow about: Amiga has announced two new PowerPC-based systems are on the way for Amiga users.

Amigas were popular niche computers in the during the late 1980s and early 1990s—once counting for nearly 5 million users—and quickly garnered a following in the multimedia, gaming, and production communities thanks to their custom graphics hardware, dedicated sound chips, and the preemptive multitasking offered by the Amiga OS. (In fact, Amigas were at the heart of some early render farms used to produce 3D graphics for movies, games, and television). But the business side of the Amiga platform was always chancy: parent company Commodore announced a bankruptcy in 1994, with the current owners—Amiga Inc.—getting rights to the line in 1999. Although the Amiga community has held on (particularly in Europe), only one new Amiga product has actually made it to market in recent years, Eyetech‘s AmigaOne motherboard, officially sanctioned for AmigaOS 4.

Now, Amiga Inc. is promising two new PowerPC-based Amiga systems will be announced within a week, one being an entry-level design with a target price around $500, while they other will target enthusiasts, pros, and developers with a price tag around $1,500. Amiga has partnered with ACK Software Controls to design the new systems

"I have been working on these designs with Amiga for almost 12 months and have been able to create two new designs that will fully support the needs and desires of today’s Amiga user, while opening the doors for new users," said ACK president Adam Kowalczyk. Although ACK is a new company, Kowalczyk has announced Amiga products before, including an accelerator for older Amiga 1200 models which never shipped. Amiga fans will be skeptical until hardware designs are unveiled and units actually begin to appear in users’ hands, but for now, the mood is one of guarded optimism.

Until this announcement, Amiga Inc. was generally believed to be focusing on the mobile arena, owing to the Amiga OS’s strong feature set and very small footprint.

Computing

HP drops killer deals on laptops with up to $1,300 off for Memorial Day Weekend

HP is currently dropping prices on Spectre x360, Envy, Pavilion, and Omen laptops during its Memorial Day event. So if you're in dire need of a new laptop, the latest holiday savings may be exactly what you're looking for.
Computing

The Dell XPS 13 headlines the best laptop deals for May 2019

Whether you need a new laptop for school or work or you're just doing some post-holiday shopping, we have you covered: These are the best laptop deals going right now, from discounted MacBooks to on-the-go gaming PCs.
Computing

Keep your kids safe online with these great parental control tools

The internet can be a dangerous place, especially for your loved ones. Check out our selection of the best free parental control software for Windows and MacOS, so you can monitor your child and block unsavory sites.
Computing

These external drives have speed, durability, and storage space to spare

Whether you want an external storage drive that is fast, portable, or comes with a ton of storage, these are the best external hard drives available today. They all come with great features and competitive pricing.
Computing

The 2019 ThinkPad lineup is robust. Here's how to pick the right one for you

Be it the X series, the T series, E series, it can be tough to find the best Lenovo laptop that is right for you. To help, we'll break down all the options available to make your choice a more informed one.
Computing

Here’s how to watch AMD reveal its new Ryzen chips at Computex

AMD will be holding a pre-Computex keynote on May 27 to announce its new line of 3rd-generation Ryzen processors and accompanying Radeon Navi graphics cards. Here's how to watch the keynote live wherever you are in the world.
Computing

Microsoft might finally embrace USB-C on next-gen Surface Pro 7

USB-C could finally come to Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet. According to a Microsoft patent filing, the port was shown in an illustration, suggesting that the company is working to support this feature in the future.
Computing

Should you buy a MacBook Pro or a Razer Blade Stealth? We'll help you decide

Laptop head to heads are a great way to see which one might be the right one for you. Our latest sees the Razer Blade Stealth (2019) vs. MacBook Pro in a fight to see which one deserves to be your next laptop.
Computing

AMD's latest Navi graphics cards are incoming. Here's what to expect

AMD's Navi graphics cards could be available as soon as July 2019 — as long as it's not delayed by stock problems. Billed as a successor to Polaris, Navi promises to deliver better performance to consoles like Sony's PlayStation 5.
Computing

Ryzen 3000 chips will pack a punch, and could launch as early as July

AMD's upcoming Ryzen 3000 generation of CPUs could be the most powerful processors we've ever seen, with higher core counts, greater clock speeds, and competitive pricing. Here's what we know so far.
Mobile

Want to watch Netflix in bed or browse the web? We have a tablet for everyone

There’s so much choice when shopping for a new tablet that it can be hard to pick the right one. From iPads to Android, these are our picks for the best tablets you can buy right now whatever your budget.
Deals

The best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals: Everything you need to know

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is still a few months off, but it's never too early to start preparing. We've been taking a look at the best discounts from previous Prime Days to give you our predictions of what to expect this year.
Deals

Walmart Memorial Day sale: 4K TVs, laptops, and Apple iPads get price cuts

The Walmart Memorial Day sale has begun. With some pretty nice savings on Apple iPads, Samsung and Vizio 4K TVs, laptops, and Google Home devices, now is a great time to snag some electronics for cheap.
Deals

Best Memorial Day sales 2019: Walmart, Amazon, and Best Buy drop discounts

If you're looking to save big on some shiny new stuff for Memorial Day 2019, we've gathered everything you need to know into one place. Find out where to save the most money before the summer hits its stride.