Commodore Amiga 2000 — History of The Personal Computer


Commodore Amiga 2000,
1987 – 1991

 

Generations Ahead of the Competition

 

Commodore Amiga 2000

Above: Commodore Amiga 2000

 

The A2000, also known as the Commodore Amiga 2000, was released in 1987 at the same time as the low-end high-volume model. Although aimed at the high-end market it was technically very similar to the A500, so similar in fact that the A2000B revision was outright based on the A500 design. What the A2000 had over the A500 was a bigger case with room for five Zorro II proprietary expansion slots, two 16-bit ISA slots, a CPU upgrade slot, and a battery-backed clock.

It should also be noted that, like the Amiga 1000 and unlike the Amiga 500, the A2000 came in a desktop case with a separate keyboard. The case was all in all more like that of the PC than that of the A1000, in that it lacked the open space underneath for hiding away the keyboard.

 

Commodore Amiga 1000

Above: Commodore Amiga 1000

 

The Amiga 2000 came in a desktop case with a separate keyboard like the Commodore Amiga 1000. The case design was more PC-like than the A1000 – taller to accommodate the expansion cards, two 3.5″ and one 5.25″ drive bays and lacking the space beneath for the keyboard. This would prove to be the workhorse for the video toaster until the Amiga 4000 came along in 1992.

The 2000 offered graphics capabilities only exceeded the basic Macintosh II, a system which sold for about five times the Amiga’s price. Also like the Amiga 1000, the 2000 was sold only by specialty computer dealers, whcih lead to it’s credibility as a serios computer, but saw fewer numbers sold to the public.

 

Apple Macintosh 2

Above: Apple Macintosh 2

 

The Amiga 2000 offer expansion ports for both IMB PC compatible boards for 286, 386 and 486 systems and for serious expansion for video and processing capabilities.

 

Commodore Amiga 2000 motherboard

Above: Commodore Amiga 2000 motherboard