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The "Fat" Mac: 1984
The fat Mac, aka the Mac 512K, was a vast improvement. With its "enormous" 512Kilobytes of RAM it had enough memory to get real work done. Long-time computer journalist, Keith Dawson, remembered, "My first was a Fat Mac, 512K, in 1985, about a year after the introduction. Inside of another year and a half I had cracked the case and installed an accelerator -- don't remember the company's name name, but it had a faster CPU -- and added a Hyperdrive, 20 MB. $800? A bargain."
And so it was! For 1984. Today you have more computing power and storage in your smartphone... even if you're smartphone is five years old!
Apple IIgs: 1986
In the mid-80s, the Apple II was still alive and well, especially since Macs were so expensive. The IIgs was an attempt to add some Mac goodness to the II line. It didn't really work. Still, Tim Walker, an Austin Texas-based writer and analyst, recalled "My first Apple was a IIgs that my dad bought for me in high school -- it replaced the TRS-80 (with *two* 5.25" drives) that had sat on my desk for a couple of years. I used it all through high school (graduated in 1990) and halfway through college when I switched to the fancy new Macs in the computer lab at the University of Texas."
Apple IIsi: 1990
This was the first Mac I pesonally owned. It wasn't an especially good model, but it mattered a lot to me. For me it was the computer I used to introduce my daughter to computing. Her grandparents, both now deceased, also recorded stories on it for her and she'd play them often.