Macintosh Color Classic: The End of the Compact Era
Many collectors call the Macintosh Color Classic, dating from 1993, their favorite Mac, largely because it signified the merging of two eras. It was the last of the small-footprint compact line, the first with a color screen, and introduced the smiling icon that appears during every Mac start-up. This boxy treasure also featured the first under-the-screen controls for volume and contrast. It still had its imperfections though, such as the combination of a 16 bit data bus and 32 bit processor.
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