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Old 09 January 2020, 18:43   #1
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16-Bit/32-Bit UK Computer Price Comparisons

I made this list a while ago whilst having obviously extremally boring evening, with what i can only guess at my wife was watching the ‘soaps’.

16/32bit budget computers UK under £600. Prices taken from various magazines at the time and were from reputable companies not small page ads at the back of mags.

1986
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Atari 520ST (512k/8mhz) - £450

1987
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Atari 520STFM (512k/8mhz) - £269
Commodore Amiga 500 (512k/7mhz) - £450

1988
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Atari 520STFM (512k/8mhz) - £269
Commodore Amiga 500 (512k/7mhz) - £369

1989
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Atari 520STFM (512k/8mhz) - £269
Commodore Amiga 500 (512k/7mhz) - £359
Atari 520STE (512k/8mhz) - £399

1990
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Atari 520STFM (512k/8mhz) - £269
Atari 520STE (512k/8mhz) - £349
Commodore Amiga 500 (512k/7mhz) - £359

1991
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Atari 520STFM (512k/8mhz) - £259
Atari 520STE (512k/8mhz) - £295
Commodore Amiga 500 (512k/7mhz) - £299
Commodore Amiga 500 (1MB/7mhz) - £345
Atari 1040STE (1MB/8mhz) - £359
PC - Evesham 1MB/12mhz286/41MBHDD/VGAMON/ - £599
Not good enough to run pinball fantasies at the time!

1992
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Atari 520STFM (512k/8mhz) - £199
Atari 520STE (512k/8mhz) - £249
Commodore Amiga A600 - (1MB/7mhz) - £265
Atari 1040STE (1MB/8mhz) - £279
Commodore Amiga A1200 - (2MB/14mhz) - £379
Acorn Archimedes 3010 (1MB, 12mhz) - £499

1993
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Atari 520STFM (512k/8mhz) - £149
Commodore Amiga A600 - (1MB/7mhz) - £175
Atari 1040STE (1MB/8mhz) - £199
Commodore Amiga A1200 - (2MB/14mhz) - £265
Acorn Archimedes 3010 - (1MB, 12mhz) - £399
Atari Falcon (1MB/16mhz) - £479

1994
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Commodore Amiga A1200 - (2MB/14mhz) - £259
Acorn Archimedes 3010 - (1MB, 12mhz) - £380
Atari Falcon (1MB/16mhz) - £399

1995
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Acorn Archimedes 3010 - (1MB, 12mhz) - £160
Amiga A1200 - (2MB/14mhz) - £399


Interesting point, whilst the 512K Atari ST models were always cheaper than the Amiga equivalents, the 1MB ST models were always more expensive.
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Old 10 January 2020, 03:38   #2
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interesting pricing, especially on the A1200 , it was more expensive in 1995 than at any time since its launch, even in 1992 it was only £379, £20 cheaper than in 1995, im guessing this was the Escom model ? still rather strange how they priced it.

As for the Acorn went from £499 down to £160 in the space of 3 years!! and over £200 cheaper than the previous year.
 
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interesting pricing, especially on the A1200 , it was more expensive in 1995 than at any time since its launch, even in 1992 it was only £379, £20 cheaper than in 1995, im guessing this was the Escom model ? still rather strange how they priced it.

As for the Acorn went from £499 down to £160 in the space of 3 years!! and over £200 cheaper than the previous year.
Yep this was the stupid relaunch price by Escom, well the RRP was £399 in 1992 just that some retailers sold it for £379.

Yep the Archimedes was basically clearance pricing by then, game over for most non PC tech by 1995. Though the Archimedes at least had some software support, the same cant be said for that 1MB Atari Falcon model, a total of 4 boxed games spread out over 2 years were released for it, made the A1200 look not as bad a buy as some make out!
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According to wikipedia Oct 15 1990 Mac Classic was released 68000@8mhz, BW Screen (512x342).
1MB Ram (Expandable to 4MB), 1.44MB floppy (No Hard Disk)$999USD,
2MB Ram (Expandable to 4MB), 1.44MB floppy (40MB SCSI HDD)$1500USD
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According to wikipedia Oct 15 1990 Mac Classic was released 68000@8mhz, BW Screen (512x342).
1MB Ram (Expandable to 4MB), 1.44MB floppy (No Hard Disk)$999USD,
2MB Ram (Expandable to 4MB), 1.44MB floppy (40MB SCSI HDD)$1500USD
Hi, thanks but this list is for UK machines under £600, Mac never qualified its prices were akin to iphone pound for dollar prices now.
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Interesting point, whilst the 512K Atari ST models were always cheaper than the Amiga equivalents, the 1MB ST models were always more expensive.

Except here:



Commodore Amiga 500 (512k/7mhz) - £359
Atari 520STE (512k/8mhz) - £399
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1995
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Acorn Archimedes 3010 - (1MB, 12mhz) - £160
Oh to have bought an Acorn Archimedes A3010 in 1995 or later (and removed the battery).

Their self destruct mechanism (battery leak almost as bad as A500+) lots of press during lockdown with GadgetUK repairing several of them, means A30x0 have quadroupled in value in a very short space of time :-(
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Commodore Amiga 500 (512k/7mhz) - £359
Atari 520STE (512k/8mhz) - £399

They still had the STFM which was cheaper that year
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I don't get why the STE was so bloody expensive. It included a couple of extra chips but they can't have been so expensive as to add 100 to the cost.
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I don't get why the STE was so bloody expensive. It included a couple of extra chips but they can't have been so expensive as to add 100 to the cost.
Well it was Atari’s proper answer to the Amiga 500, so i guess they wanted it aimed more at the A500 price when people compare them in shops, that along with they probably had surplus stocks of normal ST’s they couldn’t flog past a certain time which were aimed at a much lower price, but i’m not sure when the ST was discontinued but shops were still selling them in 1993.
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Classic Archimedes prices had dropped considerably by 1995 because Acorn was pushing the RiscPC instead
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