Last modified: Jun 30, 2017, Page views: 111
Comes in multiple colors
Circuit board with top case open
Circuit board without its case
Left profile with case. IEC serial, USB, Audio In/Out
Right profile with case. USB, 100Mbps Ethernet
On Twitter, I referred to this piece of kit as The Jesus Device. And in the feature spot in
the Buyer's Guide I say that it's almost uncategorizable in its breadth of usefulness.
Well, those were hardly exaggerations. The 1541 Ultimate II+ has a deceptive name. In fact I'd go
so far as to say the name is horrible. It made me think it was just some sort of basic 1541
replacement, perhaps even the ultimate 1541 replacement, but essentially just a floppy
disk storage alternative. This is completely wrong. The 1541 Ultimate II+ offers a staggering
array of brilliant features and functions all packed into a very small, sexy and professional
It is a bit costly. At 149 euros it's ~166 USD and around 225 Canadian dollars. But, when you
consider what it contains, and what it costs for those products if you buy them as stand–alone
solutions, it's actually a bargain. It's an REU upto 16 megabytes, the 1MB REU clone available
from Shareware Plus is 40 euros ($60 CAD) all on its own. It contains an RR-Net compatible
ethernet adapter, the 64NIC+ from Retro Innovations is $50 USD (45 Euros, $67 CAD). But it also
has USB ports into which you can plug storage devices, such as USB Keys, or even Hard Drives and
CD-ROM drives. It's super fast if the load routines are standard because it goes through the
Expansion port, and it's got an IEC port for backwards compatibility with serial bus calls. The
uIEC/SD (without the daughter card) is another $50 USD (45 euros, $67 CAD), and is slower and
limited only to SD Card storage. Add those together 40 + 45 + 45 and you're almost up to the
price of the 1541 Ultimate II+, but spread across a bunch of devices, you'd need to add the
daughter card and a port expander, and we haven't even touched many of the other features of the
1541 Ultimate II+.
Full disclosure, I haven't actually tried this device yet. But what I hear from people on Twitter
is that they love it. It's definitely on my short list of Commodore hardware to sneak past my
wife. :) If you've purchased one, let us know what you think in the comments below.
I got two. Greatest retro add-on of all time IMHO.
Rob O'Hara — Twitter, 2017