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Article #225 (376 is last):
>Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news
From: aj205@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Kevin Steele)
Subject: Summer CES and Atari
Date: Tue Jun  5 11:59:11 1990


  
  
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                            STR Publishing Inc.
  
                        STREPORT EYEWITNESS REPORT
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                           ATARI LYNX ECLIPSED!
                                    by
             NEW N.E.C. TURBO EXPRESS HANDHELD GAME MACHINE!!!
  
  
                ATARI SHOWING "LITTLE THAT'S REALLY NEW!!"
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 CHICAGO, IL.   06-03-90  (c)1990 STReport: While Atari is busy trying
 to appear sharp and spiffy by  coming up  with witty  slogans like <"TOUCH
 the FUTURE">  and an  elaborate display of the LYNX and Portfolio, NEC has
 triumphantly introduced their latest offering in the 'super'  game machine
 arena.  For an upbeat "contemporary happening" Atari only has the LYNX and
 the Portfolio.  'Tis a shame both are  yesterday's news.   Its  no wonder,
 they chose  to NOT  show at Spring Comdex!  They had NOTHING new and earth
 shaking to show.
  
      NO MENTION MADE OF INTRODUCING "THE ATARI ADVANTAGE PACKAGE"!!!
  
 While the  USA's  userbase  anxiously  awaits  Atari's  fabled resurgence,
 there  was  no  reference  or  mention made concerning the introduction of
 "The Atari Advantage Package".  Which  was  highly  touted  in  the recent
 stock report  and at  the Las  Vegas Fall  Comdex show.   While there is a
 rather fancy sign proclaiming ; "The Atari Advantage - The Complete Family
 Workstation", there  has been NO INTRODUCTION.  Also in the Atari display,
 framed by the Advantage posters, were a few new 1040STe units.
  
 According to Atari reps at the show, there will be no introduction at this
 show because  of a last minute cancellation.  Seems a call from Japan (Sam
 is in Japan) put the kibosh on the whole thing  AGAIN for  more "changes".
 Should we have expected more?  By the time they get this promotional thing
 to market the 520stfm will be a collectible antique!
  
 The CES shows are well known as the  place where  one can  find the buyers
 from K-Mart  and most  other MAJOR Mass Merchandisers, it was at this show
 that  industry  observers  expected  the  fancy   intro  of;   "The  Atari
 Advantage"  to   be  released   but  no..    nothing  unusual  for  Atari,
 disappointment reigns supreme.   The  GAME  MACHINE  company  continues to
 "play games."   The  'joke of the show' (so far) was Atari's attempting to
 make something, once again, of the 2600 and 7800 game machines.  Yes, they
 were actually on display! Talk about antiques...
  
 Meanwhile the Portfolio, now embroiled in bitter controversy between Atari
 and DIP over unpaid royalties to DIP (the UK designer  and manufacturer of
 the  Portfolio),  is  rumored  to  be  marketed  in the USA shortly by DIP
 direct.  At that time, the Portfolio will boast a  new, highly compatible,
 operating  system  plus  a  number  of  attractive  add-ons  (i.e.; memory
 expansion card, etc..) designed and made  by DIP.   All  of which  will be
 available in the USA through DIP.  
  
 In reference  to the  absence of the memory expander... According to Atari
 rep D. Thomas, the memory expander was, in  Atari's opinion,  "not working
 properly" .   However,  from all  reports gathered from those who have the
 cards in use "they work just fine."   Atari had  the Finance  Card and the
 DOS Utilities Card there along with the File manager card that is normally
 bundled with the Portfolio.
  
 The NEC TURBO EXPRESS,  with 512  colors displayable,  (the Lynx  has 16),
 and over 50 Games available at this time, and at least 70 games by the end
 of the year, will  present strong  competition to  all currently available
 handhelds.   Additionally, the  NEC unit  boasts of  a nifty little device
 that plugs into it to become a full blown, handheld color TV! 
  
 The NEC Turbo Express unit is about the same size as the  gameboy however,
 slightly thicker.   Although  somewhat more  expensive than  the Lynx, the
 Turbo Express is expected to sell for approximately $200.00 - $249.00 with
 the TV  tuner module  at $90.00 - $100.00 extra.  The ultimate clincher is
 the reliability of the company, its  future, and  the prospect  of support
 and UPGRADES.....  Not to mention the abundance of games already available
 for this new upcoming handheld, Turbo Express from NEC.
  
  
                    "ALWAYS FIRST WITH THE REAL NEWS!"
  
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 STReport Newsline      "Your Independent News Source"        June 03, 1990
 Bulletin Service             copyright   1990                    No. 106
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