I've been thinking about it for a while, and now the stars have lined up for me to try an Apple 1 replica build. My interests are to get reaquainted with the Apple 1 stuff, and to try out some 6502 machine coding. It looks like the currently available options are:
1) RetroTechLyfe board/kit
Cons: Keyboard and Video I/O is thru USB to laptop terminal emulator only. No 44-pin conector for cassette or other possibilities.
2) Latest Briel / ReactiveMicro Replica-1
Pros: Has local Video Output. Keyboard can be parallel ascii, PS/2, or USB to laptop computer. Has 44-pin connector. Board has room for some hardware hacking.
3) Full Size Apple 1 replica board from eBay with component kit from Uncle Bernie
Pros: Best look and authenticity. Tempting because I have a personal interest in the shift register video circuit (Why that is will have to wait for another day)
Cons: Assuming I do all the Uncle Bernie reliability mods, will it be reliable enough for software development purposes? Also, total cost to get running is uncertain.
What is the opinion of the board on the best way to get started?
Thanks in advance for your opinions.