Inside the Atari 800

It's the 30th anniversary of this 8-bit PC classic. We celebrate the occasion as we always do, by tearing the product apart and showing you the pieces.

By Benj Edwards, PC World |  Tech & society, anniversary, Atari

Keyboard Off

Here, the 800's keyboard sits detached from its rightful place for the first time in three decades. We also see the memory access cover (above left), with spring-loaded cartridge door attached.

The yellow keys on the right (labeled 'Start', 'Select', 'Option', and 'System Reset') are merely moving keycaps that snap into the upper half of the case; their functional switches reside in the bottom half of the 800.

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