Atari 1040 (4160) STE

This was Atari’s ‘enhanced’ version of its famous ST line. It didn’t sell specially well since its improvements over the STF were not that great but it is nonetheless the last upgrade to keep the look and feel of the original model.

I got mine from Best Electronics out of California. Not the cheapest place you will find but I am 100% happy with my choice: the computer looks and feels brand new. I even got the 4160 logo which makes it even cooler! (The 4160 was a version never actually released – but since mine has the 4 Meg upgrade I think it deserves it!).

Comparisons with the Amiga were (and are?) inevitable. My main problem with the STE is the video. If you don’t have the original monitor, the only resolution you can really use (via composite out of RGB output) is the low. Medium looks too fuzzy and high is just not available. Games were great an in my opinion pretty comparable with the Amiga 500 ones.

In any case, this is another 68000 based 16 bit computer and it is a great addition to my collection.

Technical Specs:

NAME   1040 STe
TYPE   Home Computer
YEAR   1990
KEYBOARD   Full-stroke keyboard with editing and numeric keypads
CPU   Motorola MC 68000
SPEED   8 mHz
RAM   4 x SIMM sockets – From 512 KB up to 4 Mb
ROM   192 KB (256 KB in later versions)
TEXT MODES   40 or 80 chars. x 25 lines (bitmapped graphics)
GRAPHIC MODES   320 x 200 (16 colors) / 640 x 200 (4 colors) / 640 x 400 (monochrome)
COLORS   4096
SOUND   3 voices + 1 noise channel, 8 octaves + two 8 bit PCM channels
I/O PORTS   Cardridge, Midi (in, out), Centronics, RS232c, Hard Disk, Floppy disk, RGB, Joystick, mouse, 2 x analogue controllers, Stereo RCA jacks
BUILT IN MEDIA   3.5” disk-drive

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