Atari 2600 CompuMate Keyboard
(Spectravideo - 1983)
The Spectravideo Compumate keyboard is one of the most versatile accessories for your for the Atari 2600. With it's built in Basic and the ability to save your programs to tape, as well as it's built in art and music creation programs, it made your Atari 2600 into a true home computer... albeit very low end.
To operate the CompuMate, you need to plug the main connector into the game cartridge port and the two 9 pin connectors to the right and left joystick ports on your Atari 2600 console. It included a subset of Microsoft basic in ROM which enabled you to write and run your own programs... with the added bonus of being able to save and load your programs to any cassette tape recorder via the microphone and earphone jacks on the side.
The CompuMate Keyboard had a music composer and art easel program built in so that you could write your own music or draw beautiful 8-bit artwork. It even had limited animation capabilities... up to 9 frames of animation could be saved.
The most impressive thing about this unit is that it was the only Atari 2600 keyboard add on that made it to the market and performed as advertised.
System Specifications for the Atari 2600 Compumate Keyboard
Basic system specifications for the Atari 2600 Spectravideo Compumate keyboard are listed below.
(2x) 9-pin sub-D connector
game cartridge connector
13-1/2"W (343mm) x 6"D (152mm) x 1-1/2"H (38mm)
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