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DIY SX-64 mini

The Commodore SX-64 was a portable, briefcase-size “luggable” version of the popular Commodore 64 home computer and the first full-color portable computer.

The original SX-64 featured a built-in five-inch composite monitor and a built-in 1541 floppy drive. It weighed a hefty 10.5 kg (23lb). The machine can be carried by a sturdy handle, which doubled as an adjustable stand. It was announced in January 1983 and released a year later at $995 (equivalent to $2,400 in 2018).

Over on steenken.me, Christian Steenken shows a build that is a bit smaller and much lighter: the SX-64 Mini. This modern version uses a Raspberry Pi emulating the Commodore software. The display is a Kuman 3.5 inch Touch TFT LCD. It uses a 2.4 GHz wireless mini keyboard. The SX-Mini is based on an affordable $9.99 case from Bangood. The floppy drive is faux (but could be possible via this guide).

You can get the build instructions and see lots of pictures on Christian’s site.


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1 Comment

  1. The Amazon link for the touch screen was in Deutsch Here is the page in English:

    Kuman TFT Touchscreen

    https://www.amazon.com/kuman-Display-Monitor-Protective-Raspberry/dp/B075JFHLQD/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548561149&sr=8-1&keywords=Kuman+TFT+Touchscreen

    I am hoping you do a follow up on different ways to build this computer.

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