MORE COLOR. MORE SOUND. MORE GRAPHICS CAPABILITIES. (Mar, 1980)

MORE COLOR. MORE SOUND. MORE GRAPHICS CAPABILITIES.

Compare the built-in features of leading microcomputers with the Atari personal computers. And go ahead, compare apples and oranges. Their most expensive against our least expensive: the ATARI 400 Start with graphics capabilities. The ATARI 400 offers 128 color variations. 16 colors in 8 luminance levels. Plus 29 keystroke graphics symbols and 8 graphics modes. All controlled from a full 57 key ASCII keyboard. With upper and lower case. And the system is FCC approved with a built-in RF modulator That’s just for openers.

Now, compare sound capabilities. Four separate sound channels and a built-in speaker. With the optional audio/digital recorder, you can add Atari’s unique Talk & Teach Educational System cassettes.

Here’s the clincher: Solid state (ROM) software. For home management, business and entertainment. Or just plug in an Atari 10K BASIC or Assembler language cartridge and the full power of the computer is in your hands.

Memory? 8K expandable to 16K. And that’s just for the ATARI 400 at a suggested retail of only $549.99.

The ATARI 800 gives you all that and much more.

User-installable memory to 48K. A full-stroke keyboard.

With a high-speed serial I/O port that allows you to add a whole family of smart peripherals. Including up to four individually accessible disk drives. And a high speed dot-matrix impact printer. And, the Atari Program Recorde is included with the 800 system. Suggested retail price for the ATARI 800 (including recorder) is $999.99.

Make your own comparison wherever personal computers are sold. Or, send for a free chart that compares the built-in features of the ATARI 400 and 800 to other leading personal computers.

ATARI PERSONAL COMPUTER SYSTEMS
1265 Borregas Ave. Dept. C, Sunnyvale, California 94086. Call toll-free 800-538-8547 (in Calif. 800-672-1404) for the name of your nearest Atari retailer.

5 comments
  1. Buddy says: November 11, 20117:53 am

    Fond memories playing Star Raider with my brother on the joystick shooting baddies and me as the navigator on the keyboard. They’re still finding new things to do on that old hardware: http://www.atariage.com…

  2. Mike Lines says: November 11, 201112:38 pm

    The membrane keyboard on the Atari 400 was very difficult to use for typing a document. The power indicator light (lower right side) on the 800 looks like a key and was routinely broken by people assuming it was a power button. These had a built-in RF modulator that worked with a standard TV set, but since it was built-in I don’t think you could connect a better color monitor. Small text was hard to read. Software of course came in cartridge form, the optional 5 1/4 inch disk drive was mostly for data storage but you could store your own BASIC programs as well.

  3. Hirudinea says: November 11, 20113:57 pm

    I remember taking computer lessons on the 800 when I was a kid, always perfered the Commodore (PET and 64).

  4. Rey Alicea says: November 13, 20111:39 pm

    The Atari 400 was my first computer my father bought me for Christmas. It cost my father $500 then. Till this day I still have mine wrapped in bubble wrap. :)

  5. mike says: November 13, 20111:40 pm

    my first ever computer, included a cassette tape drive for external storage, learned BASIC on this one

    after 30 minutes of typing in code for a Bingo program, the A/C unit that was plugged into the same outlet as the computer came on, the memory was cleared and had to start over! This was long before I had a surge suppressor.

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