With a color palette of 4096 colors when IBM PCs could represent a maximum of 16, the Amiga was far ahead of its time. While PC users hammered MS-DOS commands into their keyboard, the Amiga had a graphical user interface controlled with a mouse. Even the sound was incredible at that time, the Amiga was the first computer that could output any text input as a language. The Amiga is thus considered the first multimedia computer in the world and introduced many concepts that are still used in todays computers.
It has impressed many with the multitasking user interface Workbench, excellent graphics and sound output. In the case are signatures of all developers and the paw print of Jay Miners dog Mitchy!
The inexpensive Amiga 500, technically very similar to the A1000, was a great success. In a keyboard computer case, however, he was poorly expandable and therefore targets the home user.
The Amiga 2000 was a professional desktop device. In contrast to the A1000 and A500, it was also expandable internally and offered lots of space inside its case. The extension cards for the so-called "Zorro" slots did not require a driver installation - a concept that many years later became popular under the name "Plug & Play".
A3000 (1990) and A3000T (1991)
The next Amiga generation came with OS 2.0 and a slightly redesigned ECS graphics chipset. The new operating system contained many improvements over the older version 1.x of its predecessors. The A3000 was an expensive desktop device aimed at professional users. It was also available in a tower version as the A3000-T, which was even more expandable.
This mix of CD player and Amiga 500 was the first multimedia computer that contained a CD-ROM drive as standard. The CDTV was 2-3 years ahead of its time, but was too expensive and technically not up to date - it did not become a success.
A500 Plus (1991)
In 1991, the A500 Plus with Kickstart 2.0 and ECS chipset was introduced. Badly programmed games and programs that did not follow the programming guidelines of Commodore did not work any longer. The A500 Plus was only released in Europe - and only six months on the market.
The Amiga 600 was a small, improved A500 and with Kickstart 2.0 and ECS chipset technically similar to the Amiga 500 Plus. New was the PCMCIA interface as well as the IDE connector for internal hard disks. Unfortunately, the new keyboard computer was incompatible and poorly expandable. Some programs needed the number pad on the keyboard, which was missing on the A600. Initially planned as a low-priced model, it was later sold at a higher price - and became a flop, also because it technically offered only little more than the six-year-old A1000 and was more expensive than the A500, for which there were more expansions available.
A4000 (1992) and A4000T (1994)
The Amiga 4000 finally offered a much enhanced AGA graphics chipset. The professional desktop computer was internally expandable. It was also available in a tower version as A4000-T, which was even more expadable.
The A1200 was a keyboard computer that uses the new AGA chipset, like the A4000 did. Although he had a compact case design, he was still expandable and sold well. Kickstart and Workbench used to be in version 3.0, as with the A4000.
The CD32 was the world's first 32-bit game console with CD-ROM drive. It beat other consoles and PCs in terms of speed, color variety and sound. Unfortunately, the hardware was not fully utilized by most games - exclusive titles were almost non-available, the emerging 3D graphics were difficult to do on CD32's hardware and the joypad felt cheaply made. Due to financial problems of Commodore and a sales ban in the US (Commodore could not pay licenses for the XOR cursor patent) the console disappeared only a few months after its market launch.
SalesAt the beginning of 1994, Commodore announced for the first time how many Amiga computers were sold in Germany (as of December 31, 1993). It is also known how many Amiga were sold worldwide:
Sales figures for Amiga 4000T and A1200 (Amiga Technologies):
There are probably fewer than 200 Amiga A4000T sold by Commodore worldwide. Currently only 14 units are known to exist - some without the door at the front.
The newer version of Amiga Technologies with a modified case has been sold several thousand times (probably less than 10,000 pieces). The production costs of the A4000T were 40% higher for Amiga Technologies than they were for Commodore.
On 13th September 1995 the first newly launched Amiga 1200 was produced in France. 1996 50,000 A1200 were sold, 4000 units of A4000T and nearly 15,000 monitors (Amiga format issue 92 of 1996). By 1999, 80,000 A1200s had been sold, while it is sait that a total of 100,000 to 120,000 "new" A1200s were produced.