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Popular Science Reviews the Commodore PET 2001 in 1977

The world’s First Personal Computer .  The PET prototype shown at the January 1977 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas had a chassis made of wood and painted yellow so they would look like metal.  The monitors were stripped from Zenith TV’s bought at a local retailer on sale for US$89.95 each.   The original Commodore 2001 ‘chicklet’ keyboard  PET was advertised and sold by mail order (with an up to six month delay) for US$495, which was quickly  increased to US$595.  These 4K models were discouraged, and Commodore pushed the US$795 8K models.  When Commodore moved into the European  market, Jack doubled that price and found that Commodore still could not keep up  with demand.

Popular Science 1977 – Commodore PET 2001

This is a very famous picture of the first PET Prototype.  If you look closely you can see that the keyboard does not quite fit.  The chassis was made of WOOD!

Popular Science 1977 – Commodore PET 2001

Commodore Pet 2001

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Popular Science 1977 – Commodore PET 2001

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IMSAI 8048

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Popular Science 1977 – Commodore PET 2001

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Popular Science 1977 – Commodore PET 2001

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