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.
|KEYBOARD||Full-stroke keyboard with editing and numeric keypads|
|CPU||Motorola MC 68000|
|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)|
|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|
|OS||TOS + GEM|
|POWER SUPPLY||Built-in PSU|