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What would be my ideal spec for the clone...

AT LEAST THIS SPEC. PLEASE!

Based on the Specification from the St Book page, this is what I'd wish for!

SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE
Motorola 68HC030 CPU running @ 32Mhz
32-bit internal data bus
32-bit external address bus
32-bit data bus
8MByte or 16MByte low power Pseudo-Static RAM
512K ROM (?)
Blitter Chip (?)
EXPANSION CONNECTOR
120-pin expansion connector enabling access to the CPU bus (?)
GRAPHICS
640 * 400 high resolution high contrast LCD screen
Or 640 * 480 / 800 * 600 DSTN or TFT
SOUND
At least STE quality sound
STANDARD PORTS
MIDI in, MIDI out
RS232 serial port
Parallel printer port
Floppy drive/ACSI DMA port for optional 1.44 floppy, hard drive, CD-ROM, laser printer
DATA STORAGE
500Mbyte hard drive
Internal HD Disk Drive please
MOUSE CONTROL
Vector Pad mouse controller
Or PC Trackball / Touchpad
Atari / PC mouse can be connected
SOFTWARE
TOS 4.04 in ROM (or higher)
Calculator, Diary/Calendar, Address Book built-in
NewDesk Desktop and XControl Control Panel
DIMENSIONS
8.5 inches x 11 inches (A4) x 1.4 inches or smaller
215 mm x 279 mm x 35 mm compared to
208 mm x 259 mm x 24 mm for SONY VAIO of today!!!
Weight 4.3 lbs (2 kilos) (SONY VAIO is 1.35 kilos)
POWER SUPPLY
Seven AA battery pack (five to ten hour battery life - we wish!)
Optional NiCad and AC Adapter
NiCads recharge in two hours whilst the machine is on or one whilst the machine is off
AC Adapter also powers external floppy if connected
As you can see, with a desktop version of the same spec. costing around 559 (the Milan) this would probably cost at least 1000, which, as I'm a student, would be totally out of my price range! But maybe if the spec was similar to (dare I say!) an Amiga 1200*, which was 400 when released, nowadays a portable equivalent would / should be around 600, which I would be able to afford. :o)

* - by this I'd mean around a 68020, at around 16Mhz, preferably 8Mb, at least 640 * 480 preferably 256 colours on screen, at least STE quality sound, MIDI (obviously!), strandard Printer port, 500Mb + HD, 1.44 HD Floppy, Touchpad or Trackball, and TOS 4.04. Oh, and it needs to be compatible with Calamus, and let me run a text editor such as 1st Word!

ATARI ROCKS! ATARI OPINION ATARI NOW!

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