My assignment was to compile a list of my favorite Macs ever but I couldn’t do it. Looking back over my 20 years or so of using a Mac, I have some favorites, some I didn’t like, but not one of them compares favorably to any Mac in the house.
If I had to swap out the family’s honkin’ fast, giant screen iMac for a 15-inch goose-neck sunflower iMac circa turn of the century, I’d cry. Trust me, folks. That’s not a pretty picture.
Who’s Got Favorite Macs?
I threw that assignment out the window and began an informal survey among my Mac friends, family, and fellow Mac360 lifers.
Each of us have some fond memories of Macs of the past, but no takers on a swap out.
Why? What’s so special about Macs of 2011?
First, today’s Macs are screamers, relatively speaking. Everything is fast on every Mac. Speed is relative of course, but using someone’s older PowerPC model is like riding a Harley and then trying to ride a tricycle.
You can do it, but it’s not fun.
Who’s Got An Original Mac?
Every now and again I’ll run into someone really old who used an original Mac, back in 1984. Mac360’s Ron McElfresh talks fondly of a few basic facts. The Mac didn’t do anything. It cost more than today’s hottest iMac. And it crashed a lot (but displayed a nifty bomb icon when it did).
Since most of us agreed that older Macs are just no match in performance for newer Macs, I decided to poll the Mac360 staff for favorite current and favorite old Mac. Think of it as a journalistic blend of pragmatism and emotion.
2010 iMac – Alexis Kayhill: This is our family’s latest addition. The Core i7 iMac with 8 gigs of RAM and a terabyte hard disk drive. It still costs less than the original Mac back in 1984. My favorite emotional Mac is my first, some kind of white plastic Mac LC II pancake model somewhere in 1990.
2011 MacBook Air – Jeffrey Mincey: This is my brand new baby. I bought the 11-inch model because it is light as a feather, screaming-meany fast, and goes almost anywhere my work goes. My favorite Mac memory machine goes back to the original PowerBook 100 in 1992. That box was far ahead of its time.
2010 MacBook Pro (17-inch) – Jack Miller: I’ve had this about a year and it replaced an earlier 15-inch MacBook Pro which replaced a 17-inch Mac PowerBook. It’s like a portable desktop Mac that fits in a backpack. Barely. My previous favorite was the 17-inch PowerBook which lasted almost six years.
2010 Mac Pro – Bambi Brannan: This is our home Mac (bought by my husband), though I use a MacBook Pro at work and on the road. The 27-inch LED display is wonderful. My husband added a Solid State Disk to the MacPro and, trust me, that makes a Mac scream. That’s why so many people like the MacBook Air. It’s fast. Prior to the Mac Pro, I would rate my last PowerBook notebook as my most favorite. It went everywhere and never coughed or hiccuped.
1987 Mac SE – Ron McElfresh: I’ve bought about two dozen Macs through the years. My favorite was the first model aluminum 17-inch PowerBook which just worked for years.
I seldom shut it down. But the SE brings back more memories.
It cost $700 to upgrade from 2 megabytes to 4 megabytes of RAM. My favorite modern Mac is the 27-inch Core i7 iMac. The screen is nothing short of remarkable and it blazes with the extra SSD inside.
1993 PowerBook 165c – Wil Gomez: It was my first Mac and a whopping 25 Mhz that was years ahead of anything PC. color screen (256 colors), trackball (before the trackpad), palm rest in front of the keyboard. Awesome. Then System 7 came along. My favorite Mac today is a 13-inch MacBook Air (new model). It’s amazingly fast, great keyboard, awesome screen.
2008 MacBook – Nathan and Natalia Nowak: We each have one of the few aluminum MacBook models that came out a few years ago. We use them at work. Light, sturdy, powerful, runs everything. At home we each have a 2010 MacBook Air, 13-inch model. These are amazingly fast Macs.
There you have it. It’s what the pros use and what they used to use. And most of us like the Macs we have now vs. those of yesteryear. Then I asked everyone to tell me what they thought was the Worst. Mac. Ever.
Only three on our staff ever saw the original Mac Portable from around 1989 or 1990 (fuzzy memory among older Mac360 staffers), but everyone agrees that it may have been the Worst. Mac. Ever.
How about you? What’s your favorite Mac? Which Mac brings back the fondest memories? And, which Mac was the worst you ever used? Ever. Share in the Comments Section.