Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th May 2017 23:03 UTC
Amiga & AROS

Ars reviews the Amiga X5000, and concludes:

The X5000 is different. It feels like an exotic car: expensive, beautifully engineered, and unique. If you bought one, you'd be one of a proud few, a collector and enthusiast. It practically begs for you to dig in and tinker with the internals - the system comes with an SDK, a C compiler, Python, and a huge amount of documentation for things like MUI, the innovative GUI library. On top of that, there is the mysterious XMOS chip, crying out for someone to create software that leverages its strengths. It feels like a developer’s machine.

Should you buy one? That depends very much on what your needs are. If you are simply after the best price-to-performance ratio for a desktop computer, this is not the machine for you. But if you are interested in something very different, something that is pleasant and fun to use, and yet can still be used for modern desktop workloads, then the X5000 is worth a look. I have had this review unit on my desktop for over a month now, and frankly I don’t want to give it back.

I reviewed the sam440ep with AmigaOS 4 way back in 2009, and came to a relatively similar conclusion - these machines are a ton of fun, but they're just prohibitively expensive, meaning only existing AmigaOS users will really get their hands on these. They really, really need a more accessible machine or board - a few hundred Euros, tops.

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The problem with review units
by karunko on Thu 25th May 2017 19:43 UTC
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I have had this review unit on my desktop for over a month now, and frankly I don’t want to give it back.

Bingo! I always wonder how many journalists would be as impressed with the item being reviewed if they had to pay for it. I mean, how could you even figure if you're getting good value for money when the price is zero?

Reality check: almost 2 friggin' thousand dollars for that machine?!? For that kind of money you could get a kick-ass PC, probably a 4K display too, and run WinUAE (which you have to do anyway) to have the same, nay, better product: an AMIGA *and* a PC that you could actually use to get things done.

Yes, I know. It wouldn't be an AMIGA but, as someone else also noted, the X5000 isn't an AMIGA either -- even if it feels like "an exotic car" -- because the real AMIGA never ran on PowerPC, had custom chips to do its magic and, since it didn't have memory protection, you could break a lot of rules to pull all sort of nifty tricks if you had the know how.

The sad truth is that the AMIGA, the real one, is long dead. It was good (really good) while it lasted but it's time to let it rest and, at least in my opinion, to steer clear of these lame attempts at making money from people stricken with nostalgia -- but I'm sure that calling them "collectors and enthusiasts" is enough to make it okay and not a rip-off.


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