The Atari ST Book
is a super rare piece of Atari
hardware, apparently only ever released in Europe
. It was supposed to pick up where the STacy portable computer
left off but was designed as a sleeker, lighter, less power-hungry machine
. It was a pretty impressive machine back in the day (1991
), sporting a 40mb IDE hard drive
, internal midi
ports, built in file transfer software
and a touch pad system instead of a mouse
which they called “Vector Pad
It also came shipped with TOS and GEM built it.
The ST Book was aimed primarily at musicians and was marketed thusly, despite the fact it could run all of the ST's high-resolution applications. This, combined with Atari's legendary commercial inability, was responsible for the downfall of the unit and as a result only 1000 or so ever shipped. The $1500+ price tag didn't help much either.
The ST Book was compatible with the ill-fated ST Pad, another beautiful piece of Atari technology. Both these items of classic Atari hardware are extremely rare and highly collectible.
Atari ST Book Specifications:
68000, 8/16 Bit
1 MB expandable to 4 MB
Operating Systems: TOS 1.4
640x400 2 Colors (Monochrome)
RS232, 2 Joystick
, RGB, Midi
Accessories: Hard disk
Steve Anderson has a gallery with some nice pics of the ST Book and ST Pad: