Mac-Antique Roadshow

Mac-Antique Roadshow

Summary: Many of the Macintosh models that have appeared over the past 25 years are now eminently collectable.

TOPICS: Hardware, Reviews

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  • Macintosh 128K
    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.


  • Macintosh SE/30
    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.


Topics: Hardware, Reviews


Charles has been in tech publishing since the late 1980s, starting with Reed's Practical Computing, then moving to Ziff-Davis to help launch the UK version of PC Magazine in 1992. ZDNet came looking for a Reviews Editor in 2000, and he's been here ever since.

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