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Old 27 September 2013, 13:05   #1
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Why?

Just wondering why the few companies out their designing new Amiga hardware seem to cater for the minority Amiga user i.e. those who are willing to spend top $$$$ for such hardware. (not knocking all their hard work)

Is there not someone out in Amiga land saying 'hey, I need to make something for ALL Amiga users past, present and newbies'. So functional, desirable and low-cost (relatively).

I for one would love to see an Amiga PCI card stuck in my PC or an Amiga Handheld device (like the many low-cost Android tablets, not emulated but hardware based).

Just a dream, I know? but I'd buy a £70.00 Amiga-on-a-chip PCI card or £130.00 handheld Amiga. Surely these would have more 'mass' appeal than what we currently have....and the cost for larger runs, aimed at a much larger market, would be much lower...naive maybe, but totally unfeasible with all that talent out there...maybe not???
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Old 27 September 2013, 13:15   #2
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I don't see what the point of an Amiga PCI card would be..? Software emulators are already very good at what they do. The Amiga doesn't even have a SID or anything else that is particularly hard to emulate.

A handheld Amiga also sounds tricky, since for most things you need a keyboard and mouse/joystick (even games often have some options that need the keyboard). I just don't see the advantage over an emulator on a smart phone or tablet.

If you want a hardware reproduction Amiga, the Minimig is probably the closest thing to one, and not for much more than your specified £130 (though of course it's not all-in-one, you still need some peripherals).

What kind of a device are you after, exactly?
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Old 27 September 2013, 18:32   #3
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Is there not someone out in Amiga land saying 'hey, I need to make something for ALL Amiga users past, present and newbies'. So functional, desirable and low-cost (relatively).
It can seem that way sometimes, but there is some great low end Amiga stuff out there..
Kipper2k and tomthul have made some great lower price Amiga gear.

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I for one would love to see an Amiga PCI card stuck in my PC or an Amiga Handheld device (like the many low-cost Android tablets, not emulated but hardware based).
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Now THAT would be a higher priced NICHE market product there... ;-)

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Old 27 September 2013, 22:09   #4
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i think the main reason for the new stuff being quite expensive is due to batch sizes. Big companies can do HUGE production runs, therefore cutting the costs. Even small to medium sized businesses need to break even or better, and so have to pass the expense on to the customer.

I think Jens went into some detail about it on one of his product threads, though i forget which one.

I know that the connectors for A1200 expansion slots are either rare or need to be custom made, for example.

compared to buying a Blizzard 1240/60 that is 10-15 years old for a hundred or so more than the ACA's Jens sells, i'd say the ACAs are actually pretty competitively priced.

Like all hobbies though, you can spend as much as you like/afford. I don't think many people these days invest in the hardware when emulators are freely available, so you'd have to be pretty hard core anyway to prefer running the real thing over emulation

as for handheld devices, google the Pandora, which can do more than just amiga, and looks like a nintendo DS with a keyboard.
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Old 27 September 2013, 23:12   #5
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I think we're lucky to get any new hardware for the Amiga. I can't help but think that the number of Amigas in active use is in the low 10s of thousands and only a proportion of that number want or need expansion hardware. With such a small market anything that is developed is bound to mean you seem to get less bang for your buck but I'm more than happy to have forked out for an ACA1230/28 (which I later sold) and an ACA1231/42 at what I consider to be a reasonable price considering.

DiabloThe2nd - well said!

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Old 27 September 2013, 23:18   #6
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How short our memories are! Remember the second hand £200+ 030 cards? Now we can get brand new accelerators for under a hundred pounds!
There is a wider range of cost effective expansions today than at any time in the last decade.
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