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This iconic little computer is the cause of all this weekend's celebrations. Originally simply the 'Macintosh', it was introduced to great fanfare (Ridley Scott's famous Orwell-themed advert) on January 24 1984. At launch, the original Macintosh cost $2,495. The '128K' label was added after the 512K model appeared in October that year.
The Macintosh 128K is, of course, very collectable, and you can pick up a Model M001 in working order on eBay for around $1,000. If you want to remind yourself what brought the WIMP (Windows, Icons, Menus, Pointer) revolution to the mainstream, and do the 'floppy disk shuffle', grab yourself one of these museum pieces.
Recently voted the 'best ever Macintosh' by a Macworld panel, the Macintosh SE/30, which cost $4,900 at launch in 1989, had a 16MHz Motorola 68030 processor, 1MB of RAM (expandable for the first time beyond 4MB), a hard drive (40MB or 80MB), a high-capacity (1.4MB) floppy drive and an expansion slot (PDS). It retained the original Mac's 9in. 512-by-342-pixel black-and-white screen.
The SE/30 is bound to become more sought-after following its Macworld award. We found one on eBay for $193. On a personal note, this model's SE predecessor was the first Mac I used — to do DTP using PageMaker.