Macintosh Color Classic

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Macintosh Color Classic
Performa 250
CPU: 16 MHz Motorola MC68030
RAM Type:30-pin SIMM
Maximum RAM: 10 MiB
Expansion slots: LC-PDS
Supported OS: System 7.1 - Mac OS 7.6.1
Introduced:February 1 1993
Discontinued:May 16 1994
Full Specifications

The first colour-enabled all-in-one Mac, the Macintosh Colour Classic (also marketed as the Macintosh Performa 250) certainly had something that users had been screaming out for for many years...but sadly it didn't have that much else.


Ever since the original Macintosh design team had sat down and worked out what they wanted to include in the specification for the very first Mac, colour had been on the list. Yet in 1984, putting a colour screen into the Mac was out of the question. Fast forward nine years and, at long last, the all-in-one (AIO) Mac got its first taste of colour in the shape of the Macintosh Colour Classic.

The Colour Classic took its lead from the Mac Classic II rather than the lacklustre Mac Classic and stuck with the ever dependable Motorola 68030 running at 16 MHz. It was hardly radical stuff but it worked and speed was hardly the big draw for the Colour Classic; in practical terms the Colour Classic was simply too slow for most users. The switch to colour meant that there were other headaches to contend with and the extra hardware needed saw the introduction of a new case design and several pounds of extra weight to pack in. The new case did, however, provide an opportunity to address several of the concerns that the B&W all-in-one Macs had raised and the Colour Classic sported a slide-out motherboard which made upgrading it a breeze.

The motherboard was also totally new (as opposed to being a modified version of an existing all-in-one Mac) and owed much to the LC series, not only in terms of layout but also by the fact that it included an expansion slot that would accept cards designed for the LC series—provided that they could physically fit inside the machine of course.

Memory was still limited to 10 MiB via 2 SIMM slots, but at least it was easy to access — the hard drive was buried deep within the machine and was accessible to none but the most adventurous of users.


The Color Classic is a perennial favorite for modders, since it can easily be upgraded to a 68LC040 processor by swapping motherboards with a LC 575 class machine. Upgrading to a full 68040 is also possible. A Color Classic of this variety is known as a "Mystic" CC (Color Classic).

Upgrades to PowerPC processors are also possible, but involve substantially more work. These machines are collectively known as "Takky" CCs.

Upgrades to 640×480 video (which allows users to play many common games) are also possible.

Full Specifications

  • General
    • CPU: 16 MHz Motorola MC68030
    • ROM: 1 MiB
    • Bus Speed: 16 MHz
    • Data Path: 24-bit
    • RAM Type: 30-pin SIMM (100 ns)
    • Standard RAM: 4 MiB
    • RAM Onboard: 4 MiB
    • RAM Slots: 2
    • Maximum RAM: 10 MiB
    • Cache: ½ KiB (L1)
  • I/O & Expansion
    • ADB: 2
    • Serial: 2
    • SCSI: 1
    • Audio In: mini-jack
    • Audio Out: 8-bit 22 KHz mono (mini-jack)
    • Built-in Speaker: Mono
    • Built-in Microphone: Mono
    • PDS Slot Type: LC
  • Storage
    • Hard Drive: 40 MiB - 160 MiB
    • Hard Drive Type: SCSI
    • Floppy Drive: One 1.44 MiB SuperDrive
  • Video
    • Built-in Display: Internal Sony Trinitron 10" CRT
    • Max Resolution: 512×342 (8-bit) [512×342 (16-bit) – Requires 512 KiB VRAM]
    • Standard VRAM: 256 KiB
    • VRAM Slots: 1
    • Maximum VRAM: 512 KiB
  • Miscellaneous
    • Apple Model Number: M1600
    • Codename: Slice
    • Gestalt ID: 49
    • Power: 100W
    • PRAM Battery: 3.6V Lithium
    • Case Style: Macintosh Color Classic
    • Dimensions: 9.9" x 12.6" x 14.5" (W x D x H)
    • Weight: 22.5 lbs.
    • Mac OS Support: System 7.1 - Mac OS 7.6.1
    • Introduced: February 1 1993
    • Introduced: May 16 1994
    • MSRP: $1389(US)

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