Welcome Back Commodore!

Three new devices roll off the production lines of the former great.

Christmas was founded on a figure who went on to make the most famous of resurrection of all time, so it is fitting that Commodore chooses now to announce its own comeback.


Launching at CES (which, naturally, we will be covering with the same intensity that a Bloodhound would sniff out Black Pudding) are three new products from the 80s icon. Previously, it had been messing about with some fairly ropey looking digital media players, but now its making a real effort.

Still a massive distance from its personal computer roots, the Multimedia Tower and MediaBox stick to the company’s reinvented audio and video roots. The former is a business orientated device which compiles music from a store and lets customers browse, listen to and eventually purchase content for direct download onto their mp3 weapon of choice. We’re not sure how this is meant to compete with online sites like iTunes, but then again we’re not sure how high street record stores compete these days either…

More interesting is the MediaBox, a kind of hard disk recorder with knobs on. Like most hard disk recorders out there is has an integrated digital TV tuner and chunky HDD (80GB) which enables users to pause, rewind and record live TV and it also lets users play videos, listen to music and display photos. The twist comes because this device can access the Internet at a stoke exponentially increasing the amount of content available such as streaming media and direct downloads.

Throwing a product curveball is the last offering which jumps into GPS navigation. The Commodore Navigator (top) runs Windows CE, has a whopping 20GB hard disk and can also playback music and video. A 3.6in touch screen should allow for easy operation and it is capable of displaying both 2D and 3D images. Voice instructions keep you on the right course and it could entertain the kiddies at the same time as stopping you from getting lost.

We’ll learn more about these offerings at the aforementioned CES, until then it is just nice to welcome an old face back into the world of decent product releases. Maybe I should get it a chocolate egg…?

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