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Apple Macintosh Colour Classic
Released in February 1993, the Color Classic
(Codename: Slice) was identical to the Classic
II, except for a color screen, a larger ROM, and
a restyled case. The Color Classic sold for $1,390,
and was also released as the Performa 250. The
Color Classic was an LC II crammed into a completely
re-designed case which was a discarded prototype
for the 10th Anniversary Mac. All of the internal
circuitry is almost identical to the LC II; they
share the same circuit boards and most of the
same components, including a 16 bit data bus and
a 10 MB RAM limit.
The Color Classic however,
had a 68882 math coprocessor added to the daughterboard.
It also had the special "daughterboard"
which could be slid out of the back for easy upgrading.
The Color Classic was the first Mac with a built-in
color monitor, although the unusual 512 x 384
pixel format size meant many games would not run
properly, if at all. However, it is possible to
hack the circuitry to support 640 x 480 or add
a video card that allows use of a larger external
monitor. (This was the first compact Mac since
the SE/30 to offer an expansion slot.)
The Apple Macintosh Color Classic features a
16 MHz 68030 processor, 4 MB of RAM, and either
a 40 MB, an 80 MB, or a 160 MB hard drive in a
sleek, compact all-in-one case with a 10"
color display. The consumer version of the Color
Classic is the Performa 250. The Color Classic's
claim to fame is a tiny, remarkably crisp 10"
(9" viewable) 512 x 384 pixel color monitor
- and Apple IIe emulation using a PDS card. (The
512 x 384 pixel display matched the format of
the 12" monitor designed for the LC and LC
II, which accepted the same Apple II card.)
The Color Classic had an internal microphone
above the screen and a readily accessible motherboard:
just open the rear panel and slide out the board
for upgrades. You can control volume and contrast
using controls on the front of the computer -
no need to open control panels. Unlike other compact
Macs, the Color Classic can be shut down with
the power key on the keyboard.
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