The Atari Laptop
Range Govindan
Sep 15, 2009

With the new video gaming systems on the market, a lot of us still remember fondly where it all started. By this, we don't mean the NES, but actually Atari and Commodore computers. These were the first home computers that didn't take up too much space. Well, Ben Heck has modded one to become a laptop!

Ben Heck has come up with the third revision of the Atari 800 laptop and it's the best one yet. This most definitely captures the spirit of the old 8-bit machine. The Atari 800 was one of the first widely available computers back in the day. It was part of the 8-bit computer family, which was sold from 1979 to 1992. The laptop comes complete in an iconic dirty beige color and a real Atari clickety keyboard. The cartridge slot is at the front with the manual controls that light up. Ben Heck admits that integrating this original looking keyboard was a challenge, but this is what actually sells the concept.

The hardware isn't originally from an Atari 800, it still looks like one and actually plays like one as well. It's also got an internal hard drive. The power supply comes straight out of a Gamecube. We find that Ben Heck has really created a great homage to the Atari 800. It looks very authentic, even though Ataris never came in that format. This laptop is a throwback in time for anyone who has ever spent time on one. It is one creative use of old technology that really surprised us, but Ben Heck has been building these gaming laptops for a while.

[via Technabob, photos by Ben Heck]

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