Ahh, childhood memories. Never owned the original 1000 pictured below. The 500 which came out shortly after was an all-in-one unit and was exponentially more popular, it was my 1st Amiga. She was my entertainment center, my friend, my sidekick, my love and passion for as long as I can remember. This computer was the center of my life when I was growing up.
The Amiga 500
Coupled with the 1084S (S stood for stereo) Hi Res monitor this thing was a beast of a machine, it was a multimedia powerhouse capable of displaying 4096 colors, stereo sound, multitasking and games that even today remain unmatched.
The Commodore Amiga 501 expansion.
This little add-in card that fit into a “bay door” below the computer would double the computer’s RAM from 512 to a whopping 1MB RAM, it was the 1st hardware purchase after the unit itself. It would enable richer content in games, speech synthesis, allow for running more applications at once and sped up the machine considerably. Since the computer, at first, did not have a hard disk all of the information was loaded from 880kB floppy diskettes, certain games and applications required the tedious swapping of multiple diskettes, at times more than 20. Workbench, the operating system, was fully graphical and required a mouse, it was eons ahead of what the PC and the “black DOS screen” used at that time. The machine used the Motorola 68K series microprocessor (the 500 used the original 6800 running at 7.14MHz) with subsequent models getting upgraded and faster chips.