Another release from Mattel Inc., the Patriots Hot Wheels Computer was put out on the market for $600 in 1999, along with a variety of peripherals including games and educational software as well as a plastic steering wheel. This was released along with the Barbie PC, which was marketed as a system specifically designed for girls, while the Hot Wheels PC was designed specifically for boys.
Despite its fun and attractive appearance and the appealing accessories that came with it, the Hot Wheels PC didn’t stay on the market for very long. Much like its “feminine” counterpart, it experienced numerous system failures and crashes. A faulty power supply made a huge batch of the computers go undelivered, leaving parents with a $100 gift certificate from Mattel, shortly after Patriot Computer filed for bankruptcy.
6. Commodore 64x (2011)
In 1982, then renowned American computer company Commodore International came out with an engineering masterpiece, the Commodore 64, which still holds a Guinness World Record as the highest-selling single computer model. Nearly 17 million units of this system were sold. Based on the processor and construction of the original Commodore 64, in 2011, Florida based company Commodore USA, designed the Commodore 64x.
Due to the “overwhelming popularity” of the Commodore 64, this model replicated the appearance and design of the older system. A variety of versions were released, all of which made use of different Intel processors. The Extreme version of this system came with an 8 GB RAM and an Intel Core i7 processor. A case-only version was also released in the US called Barebones.
7. DreamCom Series 10 (2008)
This machine looks like something out of a 1970’s science fiction movie (or perhaps even a present-day science fiction movie)! It is somewhat on the hefty side, with a larger removable base platform. It has a 2GB RAM and a 160 GB Hard Drive, and a T7500 Processor, making it an efficient system, with Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, but neither the fastest nor the most effective system on the market at the time.
What had the potential to make this laptop a major success was its adjustable LCD screen, which could be raised vertically and held at the ideal height using a specially designed docking station. The hinges on the base platform, the keyboard and docking station of the screen are also adjustable and allow the various surfaces to be folded in different ways, lessening the strain on your neck as well as your hands. Unfortunately, there is no evidence of this laptop having ever made it into production.