(Note: Click on the image for a larger view. I also describe this machine in a YouTube video)
In the mid-1980s I remember seeing an advertisement where a hairy-chested Wall-St type in bathing togs was checking the stock market using a sexy-looking portable propped stylishly on a poolside table? (What, you don't remember this? well, it's here courtesy of old-computers.com)
The SX-64. It looked very cool.!
This stylish sibling of the Commodore 64 was dressed to suit the business man on the go, but underneath it just wanted to play. Essentially, it IS a Commodore 64 in a different skin. The startup screen has slightly different colours and there is no cassette port, but that's about the only functional differences.
The tiny screen, lack of PC or CP/M compatibility along with the notoriously slow commodore serial disk drive made the model a non-starter in the business market, but it was attractive with his blue racing stripe and was regarded as a bit of a novelty!
This unit was gifted to me by a relative. It was faulty, displaying no memory at all and I had to chase a few moths out of the case. I cleaned it up then managed to get some RAM chips and started to replaced them one at a time. Eventually the faulty component was found and the SX-64 has never looked back!
It's a cute little computer and now quite rare.
A valuable item in the stash.
Note: The SX-64 has been passed on to someone else. I'm sure they will treasure it.
Want to know more about this micro? Google is your friend.
This page last edited 8th Ocotber, 2021