Was the Mac Classic "Portable"?

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  1. eidrunner247 macrumors 6502

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    Out of curiosity, did anyone consider the Mac Classic a "portable" or at least a "semi-portable" computer? Now, when I had one growing up when I was younger, it was considered mainly a desktop, but my dad also had a carrying bag that he would bring it in if it ever had to go anywhere.

    Like this one:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Macinto...6QQihZ015QQcategoryZ80075QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    Any thoughts: did any of you consider it a portable?
     
  2. CoMpX macrumors 65816

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    It's kind of like the Mac mini. It's mainly a desktop, but if it was necessary to carry it somewhere you wouldn't have too much trouble.
     
  3. FullmetalZ26 macrumors regular

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    For the past two semesters in college, I've brought a Classic or SE/30 to work every now and then to study for my Japanese class. And, when that was finished, we'd play Zork and draw our maps on the windows with dry-erase markers ;)
     
  4. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Good analogy CoMpX- the Mac Mini would be a good example of a modern Mac Classic and its ability to be "portable". :)
     
  5. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Actually, the better analogy would be the iMac. For a complete classic set-up, you'd have the CPU, keyboard, keyboard cable, power cable, and mouse. Same with a modern iMac. With the mini, you'd have to lug around a monitor plus two extra cables.
     
  6. CoMpX macrumors 65816

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    I was thinking of comparing it to the iMac but it might be a little awkward to carry around. The iMac G5/Intels look like they have no good place to grab and they also look top heavy.

    However, the iMac G3s had handles (seeming useless in my book), so that gave a hint to their semi-portability factor.
     
  7. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Okay, you make a good point. The iMac would be an even better analogy to use. :eek: :)
     
  8. eidrunner247 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah, i almost forgot that the first imacs had handles so that you could lug them around in. Did the eMacs also have handles? I would assume so, but I can't remember...
     
  9. CoMpX macrumors 65816

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    The eMacs didn't have handles.
     
  10. pknz macrumors 68020

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    They weren't exactly light. The bag we had for ours was big also.
     
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    And they weigh around the same.
     
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    When I started my last government job, in 1986, most managers still believed that only secretaries should have computers. I brought my personal Mac into the office every Monday and home on the weekend for about a year, until I could talk the boss into letting me buy two Mac SEs and a LaserWriter for my department. I still have the bag, for both the Mac and the Image Writer.

    The really funny part is, at the time, city hall had only a couple of other computers, PCs running DOS -- which were almost never turned on because nobody knew how to use them.
     
  13. PBGPowerbook macrumors regular

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    we had an apple II before, but my first introduction to the macintosh (1988?) was my mother bringing her Mac SE home from the office, almost every day in a grey rectangular padded nylon carrying case. oh its portable alright.
     
  14. eidrunner247 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Haha, that's right, I still have the case as well in the shed, 'cept it's navy blue, and I still have a computer wrapped up in plastic in it. (but it's a Classic and not an SE). Still, those were great computers. Because of there semi-portability, I was able to set up an Appletalk Bolo network in my bed room with 4 computers and a few friends and just have at it for hours at a time and disassemble it rather quickly. I was using a Classic and a couple SE/30s.

    Bolo? Anyone? :)
     
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    Used to play LAN games every day in the summer.
    Still works on Tiger PPC, if you use the UDP/IP option.

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