Amigakit has announced that it is launching a new desktop PC that will launch in time for this year’s holiday season. It’s called the Amigaone X1000 and it runs the AmigaOS4 operating system with a custom-built motherboard that features a semi-dual-core PA6T-1682M processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and a Radeon HD4650 graphics card.
So, if you’re a diehard Amiga fanatic, why wouldn’t you want this PC? Well, for a start that’s a pretty lackluster set of specifications, and then there’s the price. At £2,000 (approx. $3,203), the Amigaone X1000 is double the price of a quad-core iMac, and nowhere near as pretty, or as powerful.
However, Amigakit claims in a statement that the Amigaone X1000 “is not like other computers”:
“The AmigaOne X1000 is not like other computers. It is a culmination of efforts by real Amiga enthusiasts and developers to create powerful, modern desktop hardware for the Amiga Operating System.”
It’s not a bad mission statement, but I’m not sure they’ve quite hit the mark with this attempt. I mean, when I look at the specifications for this machine, neither “powerful” or “modern” are words that spring to mind.
Amigakit says that its new machine will be sold on a first-come first-served basis, however, with a price tag like that, I’m guessing there’ll still be a few of these left in the months that follow the desktop’s launch. If you were hoping to grab an AmigaOS-powered machine but the Amigaone X1000 is a little out of your price range, a Hyperion Entertainment spokesperson has said that an AmigaOS netbook is also on its way, though a launch date for this was not mentioned.
Do you think the Amigaone X1000 is a little expensive (okay, far too expensive) for what it is?