One upon a time, the Commodore name was synonymous with PCs that fit snugly into a (bulky) keyboard. And if one guy has anything to say about it, the Commodore name will rise again.
Commodore USA is a new company that’s working to get the rights to use the name for a shiny new PC-in-a-keyboard. The new model will feature an integrated touchpad, optical disc drive, flash card reader, and media buttons. In the back, you get a range of ports including VGA and DVI outputs, 4 USB ports, Ethernet, and a couple of serial ports — remember those?
On the inside, you get an Intel Core 2 Duo or Core Quad CPU, up to 2 Terabytes of storage and a choice of Windows or Linux (although the web site points out that you can also install OS X yourself).
The keyboard is 2 inches tall and 17.5 inches wide. And unlike another PC-in-a-keyboard that we’ve been hearing a lot about lately, it doesn’t run on batteries or wireless connect to your PC. So this thing is really meant for use in the office, not the living room.
Update: It looks like Commodore USA might have jumped the gun on slapping the Commodore name on this product.