Poll: which Mac is is the ugliest Mac ever?

What is the ugliest Mac?

  • Color Classic

    Votes: 3 13.0%
  • Macintosh Portable

    Votes: 1 4.3%
  • TAM

    Votes: 3 13.0%
  • Retina MacBook

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • LC 575

    Votes: 11 47.8%
  • iBook G4

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • G4 Cube

    Votes: 1 4.3%
  • IIci

    Votes: 3 13.0%
  • iMac G5

    Votes: 1 4.3%
  • Powerbook 2400c

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters


Original poster
Aug 3, 2011
Hi, today I was looking at a Color Classic and found myself thinking about this.

Apple is famous for industrial design, but I think we can all agree that they put out a few turds, that are either ugly or... at least silly-looking.

What is the worst in your opinion and why?
I've included a bunch of choices, including what I expect to be unpopular ones.

As for me, the Color Classic is the worst ever.
Why? A matter of principle.
It managed to ruin a perfect design with a few swift pencil strokes, turning it into a clunky, odd, plastic-y shape.

That's about what I hate about the iBook G4, which essentially took the Dual USB and replaced everything with opaque plastic, this ruining its delicate balance.

And yes, you read that right, I included the rMB, there is something about it that rubs me the wrong way, it lacks a certain elegance. I wonder if I'm the only one.
[doublepost=1501181542][/doublepost]Ouch, I'm sorry, with LC 575 I mean the whole LC 500 range, of course. I can't edit that anymore.


Original poster
Aug 3, 2011
For me, no contest, and you missed it. :D It's the PowerMac G3 AIO. Lumpy, bumpy, curvy for no good reason.
Translucent plastic, with sharp metal casing inside (I remember, not fondly, almost always bleeding when taking one apart in a service shop)
Ouchie. I forgot about that awful piece of crap. It's that ugly.

Essentially a more advanced form of the same perversion that was the LC 500 series, after all, but with random curves thrown in. Picture for reference.

Also, a precursor to the iMac G5's ginormous bezel.
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macrumors G4
Jul 30, 2003
This is not so much about "ugly", but about form under function (see what I did there :D )
I'm looking at you, Macintosh TV. I think Apple took the worst from that 500 series, gave it a black case.
I was working in an Apple specialist when the Mac TV came out. Had a black keyboard and mouse, unique to that model. And Apple apparently didn't make enough spares. I had a customer with a failed black mouse, and Apple never supplied service replacements for the black pieces (or couldn't get one to us, anyway). That was fun...


macrumors 68000
Feb 17, 2017
I give my vote to the Power Macintosh 4400 (also known as the 7220). I had two of these in my collection at one stage and I have a soft spot for them, but man they were ugly. It had a solid steel, PC-style top casing, full of sharp edges (inside and out) and a back-to-front floppy/optical drive arrangement.

But.. it used industry standard ATA/IDE HDDs and Optical drives, PCI expansion bays and a standard ATX PSU.



macrumors 604
May 3, 2014
I voted for the LC575(which I'm taking as the Performa series also).

I'm not a fan of the CC, but I like all the others on your list. I also like the G3 AIO, but then maybe I'm weird.

I have everything there save for the Retina, TAM, and CC. I also have a G3 AIO.

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