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Seriously guys, you need to look at this console in terms of 1977. It really was pretty cool when the only other game in town was PONG.... I had PONG : (
Also knocking it because it is surface mount? Nobody was doing surface mount in 1977 except maybe for the odd single chip. All resistors, caps, diodes and transistors were hole through.
And finally to compare this unit to a 1996 TI calculator is ludicrous... 19 years in 1977 - 1996 may as well be 190 years for the rate of development in that period.
By no means is this a stellar console but rather than parrot what Wikipedia says on the subject you should have found someone who knows something about them. The electronics inside that bad boy revolutionized the electronics used in spacecraft, vehicles, cellular phones, inventory control systems and many other control systems. The 1802 chip is still manufactured (more than 35/36 years later) and might just be the most successful uProcessor created. It's worth getting some facts from an engineer maybe ; )
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