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A6 A6+

Posted by Richard Goodwin on 10:21, 10/5/2004 | , , , , , ,
 
A6+Advantage 6, which is of course the lovechild of Stuart Tyrrell, have announced the A6+, their new PC cube/RISC OS emulator.

Touted as "StrongARM performance - ARM7500 Price", the shiny little Shuttle-style box now has a backlit LCD panel on the front with all sorts of cool techy stuff on it. <fx: cut to chase>The PC underneath is an AMD 3200+, 512MB DDR400 memory, 160GB HDD, Geforce FX5200 128MB graphics, card reader etc. The price is 1100+VAT with a 17" TFT monitor.

If the moths in your wallet mean you can't stretch to buying one, you could always head to the Wakefield show (15th/16th May!) and win it - one will be given away as the grand prize in the draw!

<fx: aside>This of course is not the orange mystery machine which A6 will also be launching at the show. The A75 seems to be a RISC OS native machine, although I'll confirm that when Stu gets back with the answers to those questions we've all been bombarding him with...
 

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  Phlamethrower (11:29 10/5/2004)
  flibble (11:44 10/5/2004)
    rich (11:50 10/5/2004)
      flibble (12:08 10/5/2004)
        JWCR (13:56 10/5/2004)
          ianj (18:23 10/5/2004)
            ad (21:47 10/5/2004)
              fwibbler (22:00 10/5/2004)
                guestx (13:10 11/5/2004)
                  flibble (14:34 11/5/2004)
                    rich (14:09 12/5/2004)
 
Jeffrey Lee Message #92917, posted by Phlamethrower at 11:29, 10/5/2004
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"StrongARM performance - Over double ARM7500 Price" is a bit more like it ;)
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Peter Howkins Message #92918, posted by flibble at 11:44, 10/5/2004, in reply to message #92917
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If your wallet can't stretch to buying one, you could always build a PC yourself ... 1292ukp for a PC is painfully expensive.
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Richard Goodwin Message #92919, posted by rich at 11:50, 10/5/2004, in reply to message #92918
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I think we've been over this before when the A6 came out. If you build it yourself, you don't usually get a legit copy of Windows, and RISC OS, and the 17" TFT in the price. So yeah, I specced out a similar machine for about £350 - but it didn't even have a HDD, optical drive, monitor, graphics card etc. etc. because they'd be "donated" from my existing machine.
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Peter Howkins Message #92920, posted by flibble at 12:08, 10/5/2004, in reply to message #92919
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As long as people realise they can walk into any PC shop, buy a complete legit system and then buy a seperate copy VARPC for much under that price I don't mind. I'm happy for people to spend that much on a PC out of stupidity, but not because they don't know of the alternatives ;)
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John Campbell Rees Message #92921, posted by JWCR at 13:56, 10/5/2004, in reply to message #92920
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This just boggles the mind. People will be able to spend £1110 on the emulated version of RISC OS, but not on a machine like the the IyonixPC which runs the OS natively on ARM based hardware.

Alternaively, this could be a fiendish marketing ploy for a machine everyone is expecting to be a native RISC OS machine, the A75. By having the A75 as a reasonably priced well specced machine that is massively cheaper than the official emulation solution.

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Ian Jeffray Message #92922, posted by ianj at 18:23, 10/5/2004, in reply to message #92921
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JWCR> The obvious reason for that is that Iyonix runs a crap version of RISC OS, the A6+ does not. :-)
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Andrew Duffell Message #92923, posted by ad at 21:47, 10/5/2004, in reply to message #92922
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Let's not get into a RISC OS 5/Select flame war please.
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fwibbler Message #92924, posted by fwibbler at 22:00, 10/5/2004, in reply to message #92923
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Indeed!
Some people want the features of Select while others are prepared to forgoe <? them for the performance of the Iyonix. Thats all there is to it!
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GuestX Message #92925, posted by guestx at 13:10, 11/5/2004, in reply to message #92924
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rich: "If you build it yourself, you don't usually get a legit copy of Windows"

Who cares about Windows? Various Shuttle models come with Linux CDs thrown in (admittedly Mandrake, but it's a start).

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Peter Howkins Message #92926, posted by flibble at 14:34, 11/5/2004, in reply to message #92925
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guestx: but then you can't run VirtualRiscPC ...
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Richard Goodwin Message #92927, posted by rich at 14:09, 12/5/2004, in reply to message #92926
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rich: "If you build it yourself, you don't usually get a legit copy of Windows"

Who cares about Windows? Various Shuttle models come with Linux CDs thrown in (admittedly Mandrake, but it's a start).

Let's not turn this into a Windows vs Linux debate - the point is that the price of the A6 includes a legit version of Windows, where a hand-built box won't, and a good percentage of people will have to take this into account. If you're a Linux user then chances are you're not interested in buying a ready-built Shuttle-type box anyway.
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