I’m not quite sure how old he is actually. He Looks like he’s in his late teens (despite the much older sounding voice) – certainly too young to have experienced the Amiga when it was current anyway, and that’s the point.
The title of his YouTube, hardware tear-down video, ‘Why Not To Buy An Amiga In 2016‘, should give you a clue as to his verdict. To be fair to the system though, he’s bought an “untested, sold-as-seen” bit of vintage tech, and the battered example that arrived hardly does it justice.
Illustration for the purpose of deceptive exaggeration only, this isn’t the Amiga in question. Yes, I’m a dirty, rotten scoundrel and was probably a journalist (or politician) in another life.
We interrupt this transmission to inject a dollop of preachy advice…
I find that eBay sellers who describe retro consoles and computers as “untested”, tend to fall into one of several categories…
- They regularly sell this type of hardware, have thoroughly tested it and found it to be completely knackered, but don’t want to admit it because it will inevitably slash the final sale price.
- They honestly don’t know what state of functionality it’s in because they haven’t got the knowledge or equipment to put it through its paces.
- They know how to check the system, yet don’t have the time or inclination to bother. Some people will genuinely be having a loft clear-out and just want to get shut of everything ASAP, or are selling gear on behalf of friends or family so the history of the items is vague.
One way to help you decide if they’re on the level is by checking their sales history, or taking a look at the other items they have on offer to establish whether they’re a dealer or not.
…as you were…
Ryan is a network administrator from Sheffield, and while he’s clued up about computers in general, he’s quite misinformed about the limitations and expandability of the Amiga 500. Also, it’s not clear what he’d like to do with it that he believes isn’t possible. How can you tell if a system needs upgrading at all if you’ve never even flicked its power button on before? An unpimped 500 with half a meg of RAM will play hundreds of classic games, and after all, that’s the ‘meat and potatoes’ of this base model, to use a colloquialism and confuse non-Brits in the process, sorry.
Nevertheless, we all make mistakes and he’s clearly got the bug now as he went on to have another dabble with an Amiga 1200, which he was much more enamoured by.
It’s certainly refreshing to see someone wanting to learn about the Amiga who appreciates its charm, yet has no nostalgic bias towards the platform. That’s rarer than hen’s teeth embedded in rocking horse dung… under the light of a blue moon.