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Which B&W Compact Mac is the BEST?!?


Which B&W Compact Mac is the BEST?!?  

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  1. 1. Which B&W Compact Mac is the BEST?!?

    • 128K/512K/512Ke
      1
    • Plus
      9
    • SE/SE SuperDrive
      4
    • SE/30
      31
    • Classic
      4
    • Classic II
      4
    • None, I prefer Mac LC's
      4


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OK folks, time for an honest poll that slams them against each other, rather than just if you like the SE/30 or Classic II. I know a lot of people were commenting that they love Pluses (me too, use one almost daily for real work) so here goes...

 

Note this is only for B&W compacts, no Color Classics here since we all seem to love them.

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Well I think I'll vote for the only one that I own too :) The Plus is quite a nice one because it has all the charm of the originals, but is actually useable ie it has an amount of memory in which you can actually do stuff (!), has SCSI, can run OS 7 etc.

 

Although the SE/30 is the other strong contender for the best Compact because of it's upgradeability ie it's the only Compact Mac that can be made into quite a powerful little beast without completely rebuilding it (which doesn't count :p), the upgrades for them are generally so expensive that they're inaccessible to most of us, so if you found an SE/30 it would most likely remain largely stock (also if I had one and could find upgrades for it, I'd still be too scared to open it up to install them :p).

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I judge by my assessment of a machine's contribution to the "Macintosh phenomenon" :-)

 

Plus is therefore my choice.

 

Surely the original is the one that contributed the most to the "Macintosh phenomenon"? :p

Except it wasn't successful.
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Guess what I voted for? :p

 

The Classic II isn't as fast as the SE/30. However, it is the second-fastest Compact, it has a modern-looking case, and they're dirt cheap nowadays while SE/30's can still command a bit of a price }:)

 

Here's my little rundown of the Classic II vs. the SE/30:


  • *The Classic II and SE/30 are the only compacts with a 68030 CPU.
    *The Classic II is the only compact aside from the SE/30 that runs at 16MHz.
    *The Classic II is the only compact aside from the SE/30 that can take more than 4 megs of RAM.
    *A new SE/30 would have set you back $4,399.
    *A new Classic II would only cost you $1,899.
    *Today, a decent SE/30 will set you back about $75 plus shipping.
    *Today, a decent Classic II will set you back about $20 plus shipping.
    *The Classic II has 2 megs of logic board RAM, while the SE/30 only has 1 meg.
    *The Classic II weighs less than the SE/30, not counting any upgrades that are in the SE/30 (16 lbs and 19.5 lbs. respectively).
    *The Classic II has a 512k ROM versus the 256k ROM of the SE/30.

 

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*The Classic II has 2 megs of logic board RAM, while the SE/30 only has 1 meg.

Who cares? when you can put in up to 128mb on the se/30, and the ram's not on the logic board that's just the amount it shipped with

*The Classic II weighs less than the SE/30, not counting any upgrades that are in the SE/30 (16 lbs and 19.5 lbs. respectively).

That's because the se/30 has a stronger/thicker internal steel frame than the whimpy classic II does.

*The Classic II has a 512k ROM versus the 256k ROM of the SE/30.

So? the se/30 can run a wider range of OSs

;)

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*The Classic II has 2 megs of logic board RAM, while the SE/30 only has 1 meg.

Who cares? when you can put in up to 128mb on the se/30, and the ram's not on the logic board that's just the amount it shipped with

 

Touché. On the SE/30, it's not on the logic board. However, it is on the logic board in the Classic II, meaning that you will never get one with less than 2 megs of RAM :)

*The Classic II weighs less than the SE/30, not counting any upgrades that are in the SE/30 (16 lbs and 19.5 lbs. respectively).

That's because the se/30 has a stronger/thicker internal steel frame than the whimpy classic II does.

 

The Classic II is a very solid computer. I've dropped mine several times (carrying it whilst eating fried chicken is NOT a good idea), and all it's suffered is a small crack in the plastic in the top corner :)

*The Classic II has a 512k ROM versus the 256k ROM of the SE/30.

So? the se/30 can run a wider range of OSs

;)

 

The SE/30 can run as far back as 6.0.3. The Classic II can still run System 6 (6.0.8L). So fine, the SE/30 can run further back, and probably a bit farther foward with more RAM. But why wouldn't you want to run 6.0.8? It's generally agreed upon to be the most stable version of System 6 :)

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*The Classic II has a 512k ROM versus the 256k ROM of the SE/30.

So? the se/30 can run a wider range of OSs

;)

The SE/30 can run as far back as 6.0.3. The Classic II can still run System 6 (6.0.8L). So fine, the SE/30 can run further back, and probably a bit farther foward with more RAM. But why wouldn't you want to run 6.0.8? It's generally agreed upon to be the most stable version of System 6 :)

 

Not just early versions of system 6, but A/UX, Linux, and netBSD, and with some hackery, 8.1 :p

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*The Classic II has a 512k ROM versus the 256k ROM of the SE/30.

So? the se/30 can run a wider range of OSs

;)

The SE/30 can run as far back as 6.0.3. The Classic II can still run System 6 (6.0.8L). So fine, the SE/30 can run further back, and probably a bit farther foward with more RAM. But why wouldn't you want to run 6.0.8? It's generally agreed upon to be the most stable version of System 6 :)

 

Not just early versions of system 6, but A/UX, Linux, and netBSD, and with some hackery, 8.1 :p

 

Touché. I yield this battle to the SE/30.

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Don't forget the data bus path...this is why an SE/30 runs faster.

To be fair though, the SE/30 is 32 bit dirty.

 

Moving away from our army's Civil War, I have this to say: For the looks factor, I like a Mac Plus that was upgraded from a 128K/512K. It has the look of the original Mac (and also the keyboard) with the power and expansion (SCSI) of a Plus. The illusion of running System 7.5.5 and Excel 4 on what looks to be the original Mac brings a bigger coolness factor to mind than does running that same combo on a platinum colored (not beige) SE/30, Classic II, or even a platinum Plus (though Platinum Pluses look cool).

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I like the Classic II. Fastest of the 1-Bit compacts, in a darned nice case. :)
The SE/30 is still faster, because the classic II is limited by a 16-bit system bus, the SE/30 is full 32-bit. Not to mention, it has an FPU standard. The classic II does support one, but they go in the expansion slot and are somewhat hard to find -- and even with one the se/30 is still faster :)

 

To be fair though, the SE/30 is 32 bit dirty.
Mine's not :)

 

And even the ones without a ROM upgrade, the software patch MODE32 fixes it.

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When the Classic II came out it was $1900. I'm sure it dropped quite a bit in 1993 when the Color Classic came out for $1400--I'd say a black and white Classic was roughly $1100-$1200.

 

An LC III with no monitor was $1350. Add the cost of your favorite monitor and you have that total. As a bonus, the LC III+ was $50 cheaper and a bit faster...but the Classic II was discontinued right around that time so it doesn't count.

 

The only comparable "compact" is the LC 520, which sold for $2000 and had the same guts as the LC III.

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I like the Classic II. Fastest of the 1-Bit compacts, in a darned nice case. :)
The SE/30 is still faster, because the classic II is limited by a 16-bit system bus, the SE/30 is full 32-bit. Not to mention, it has an FPU standard. The classic II does support one, but they go in the expansion slot and are somewhat hard to find -- and even with one the se/30 is still faster :)

 

Yeah, the SE/30 is faster. But the Classic II is the second fastest.

 

To be fair though, the SE/30 is 32 bit dirty.
Mine's not :)

 

And even the ones without a ROM upgrade, the software patch MODE32 fixes it.

 

MODE32 fixes the Classic II too. I use it on mine.

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