Amstrad PC 1640 HD 20

When I srtaed my first job after leaving school at a business equipment company, one of the first business computers I learnt to use was the Amstrad PC1512 and then the 1640 with a whopping 20MB HDD. I couldn’t believe how much room these drives had at the time.

This is one I picked up some time ago on Ebay with an external floppy drive, DMP 2000 printer and some 5.25″ disks.

I’v e had to move many of my retro consoles from their location in my office back to my house. Although this is going to be a huge headache, it also gives me a chance to fire up all the systems, test and play>

Here is a video of me playing Comic Capers on the Amstrad.

 

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Nintendo SNES Classic Mini

This is my SNES mini that I picked up from Game in Bracknell for £79.99 late last year when they were difficult to get hold of. They were released in September and like many newly released Nintendo products quickly sold out and you had to keep an eye online for available stock.

It comes preinstalled with 21 built in games:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island

In the box is an HDMI cable as they connect to your TV via HDMI, two controllers and a Micro USB cable to connect to a 5V power source. They are tiny compared to the original SNES, very light, have a power and reset button but the cartridge slot is for show only and does not function. They also have additional features and such as the ability to rewind games.

For the nerds, the SNES mini uses the  Allwinner R16 system on a chip with four ARM Cortex A7 central processing units and an ARM Mali 400 MP2 graphics processing unit. It includes 512 MB of flash storage and 256 MB of DDR3 memory. I haven’t tried yet but apparently it is hackable and runs the Linux operating system.