Macintosh Classic – a blast from the past

Apple Macs at PAAC IT

How many of you remember this little beauty from Apple in the early 1990s – the Apple Macintosh Classic – the one on the left if you have any doubt? We recently recovered this one from a client as they were upgrading their computers – but I’m not sure how long its been in service!
It was Apple’s first Macintosh to sell for less than $1,000. It “boasted” a 9in monochrome screen and a mighty 4M of RAM. Apple’s decision to not update the Classic with newer technology such as a 68010 CPU, higher RAM capacity or color display resulted in criticism from reviewers, with Macworld describing it as having “nothing to gloat about beyond its low price” and “unexceptional”. But, it ensured compatibility with the Mac’s by-then healthy software base as well as enabled it to fit the lower price Apple intended for it. Nevertheless, the Classic featured several improvements over the aging Macintosh Plus, which it replaced as Apple’s low-end Mac computer. It was up to 25 percent faster than the Plus and included an Apple SuperDrive 3.5-inch (9 cm) floppy disk drive as standard.  Words thanks to Wikipedia.

Who remembers floppy drives? Seems ages ago since I had so much fun with them but my grandchildren know nothing about them.

What could you buy today for $1,000?

$1,000 is about £790 at today’s rates. That’s about spot on for a 13inch Macbook Air – plus VAT (I’m afraid).

Refurbished Apple Macs are often a good option if you are looking to save.  We currently have refurbished 21.5″ iMac in the shop (circa 2010) for £399 including VAT and a Grade A Apple Mac Pro Desktop (2010) for £400.

We also have two refurbished laptops for sale:

  • Grade A Dell Inspiron i3 1.40Ghz 6GB RAM, 256GB SSD for £300
  • Grade B Sony Vaio i5-2410M 2.30Ghz, 6GB RAM, 256GB SSD for £250
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"PAAC IT provide a managed service for our PCs on a fixed monthly charge. Really great, they are there when we need them"
Julia Macquisten - OwnerLucas Field Media
"PAAC-IT provide and maintain our Apple Macs and Macbook Pros. Richard and his team at PAAC IT are very prompt and responsive when we need help, and a pleasure to work with"
David Alden - DirectorAlden Holmes
"Our business is highly dependent on computer technology – all the way from design and creative software platforms to administration processes. PAAC-IT set up and configured our mix of PC and Apple computers, file servers and security software and now keep it running. The team at PAAC-IT is very competent and keep our IT running smoothly"
Edward Green - DirectorMilly Green
"I was having trouble making Skype calls to my son. Both Darren and Connor were extremely helpful and patient. They were so kind to get the computer in and out of the car for me - i couldn't have done this on my own as i am disabled"
Jane Nightingale
"On moving house we required help of PAAC to coordinate a tablet, PC and laptop with new security and email addresses and to ensure transfer of old contact details etc. Some of this work was undertaken by Darren in the Midhurst shop and some at our new address. Darren was professional and helpful with successful results. PAAC also followed up with care to ensure that all was well. "
A satisfied customer
"I have been dealing with PAAC IT, mostly in their Midhurst Office, but also in Haslemere, for the past three or four years. They clearly understand Macs and have given me good advice, and sorted out various issues for me. Things did go wrong with the network wireless adapters I had bought from them, but they were quick to ensure they were checked and replaced without a problem, and they followed up with me a month later to ensure all was OK. That’s good customer service!"
James Tree
"Dynamite, goes the extra yard every time, reliable and essential support to my business."
Lawrence MullenThe Talking Trade
"Good, dependable, brilliant, local"
Anneke Clegg
"I have been using the services of PAAC IT for over two years. During this time I have found the staff to be courteous, understanding, and very efficient. I have received first class service on each and every occasion – from keeping my ancient computer running, to advising and supplying a suitable replacement when it eventually crashed. All my transactions have been with the team in the Haslemere shop where Richard, Mark, Darren and Oliver have addressed my computer difficulties with great patience and kindness. To them I am eternally grateful."
Derek Smyth