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Apple Macintosh Color Classic

Apple Macintosh Color Classic

Speed16 MHz
Memory4 MB
Hard Drive40  MB

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Release Date: 2/10/1993
Manufacturer: Apple
Original Retail Price:
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Donated By: Ian Raymond, Mark Donovan
The Macintosh Color Classic was the first color compact Apple Macintosh computer. It was essentially a Macintosh LC II with an integrated 10" Sony Trinitron color display with 512384 pixel resolution. This integrated unit resembled the original Mac series, albeit slightly expanded, (see Macintosh Plus for an example), hence "Classic." In Japan and some other markets - but not the US - Apple later released the Color Classic II which was essentially the same case but with the LC 550 logicboard that doubled both RAM and speed. The Color Classic was also sold to consumers in the United States as the Performa 250, and the Color Classic II as Performa 275. The Color Classic was the final model of the original "compact" Macintosh family of computers.

The Color Classic has a certain cult following, and some enthusiasts have upgraded them with motherboards from Performa 575 units ("Mystic" upgrade), while others have put entire Power Macintosh innards into them ("Takky" upgrade). A common modification to this unit was to change the display to allow 640 480 resolution, which was a common requirement for many programs (especially games) to run.

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