Compact Macs

Compact Macs are those all-in-one Macs with built-in 9″ and 10″ screens, starting with the original Macintosh 128K, which was introduced in January 1984. Models are listed by MacBench score, which approximates real world performance.

model MacBench (v. SE) Speedometer 3 MIPS
Mac 128K 0.8 0.7
Mac 512K 0.8 0.7
Mac 512Ke 0.8 0.7
Mac Plus 0.8 0.9 0.7
Mac SE 1.0 1.0 0.7
Mac Classic 1.0 1.0 0.7
Mac Color Classic 1.7 3.9
Performa 250 1.7 3.9
Mac Classic II 1.8 4.0 3.9
Performa 200 1.8 4.0 3.9
Mac SE/30 3.2 4.0 3.9
Mac Colour Classic II 4.6
Performa 275 4.6
The Mac Plus in Star Trek IV.

The Mac Plus in Star Trek IV.

The Mac Plus had a minor role in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Articles About Compact Macs


  • Mac Classic II. Was the SE/30’s replacement really as slow as many claim?
  • Mac SE/30. We upgraded our SE/30 over the weekend and ran it through its paces. It holds up nicely for an eleven year old machine.
  • Mac Plus. We upgraded our Mac Plus from 1 MB to 4 MB, allowing us to run System 7.5.5 and benchmark it. Also, Mac Plus with 16 MHz Brainstorm Upgrade.

RAM Charger from Jump Development ($40) lets you get the most out of your RAM – especially helpful on Macs with 10 MB or less. By launching applications using the minimum amount of memory they need, RAM Charger lets you run more programs. It also works well with RAM Doubler. You can even download a demo.