LGR – Macintosh 128k Vintage Computer Review

August 20, 2010 by 28 Comments

The first Macintosh. Not many computers are this legendary or can make the claim that even being from 1984 its direct descendants are still sold today. But is it worth buying one to a games collector?

The Insanely Great Apple Macintosh 128 Computer System

Thanks to Killgruz for assistance and inspiration!

His rad channel:

Lode Runner
Crystal Quest
Mac Bugs!
Cairo Shootout


28 Replies to “LGR – Macintosh 128k Vintage Computer Review”

  1. T Bea says:

    our school used to have like 20 of these piled up in storage for a bunch of years. it's a shame they eventually just trashed them. wouldve been a small gold mine.

  2. Starship says:

    Curse you Steve jobs

  3. 5:53 still holds up now 😂

  4. Awesome review as usual Clint! That first ever Macintosh Desktop – whew! Anyway, doing back viewing of classic LGR videos! Looking forward to the next one! More power and God bless from the Philippines!

  5. Broken JPEG says:

    He sounds exactly the same.

  6. I like to see how the "soul" of this channel is still the same after so many years. Thank you for your dedication sir 🙂

  7. Great……but can it run Crysis? lol

  8. Ahhhhhh, the NOSTALGIA!!!!

  9. Can I got it in present time in India. Would you please help me. Please tell me how can I purchase this computer.

  10. The Mac has a 400k floppy disk drive and this video has 400k views, coincidence I think not

  11. Pete Eddy says:

    The software was the only really good thing about the original Mac. They are the simplest system in terms of hardware compared to any other 68K system.
    It’s got ram, rom, the simplest graphics hardware possible, decent sound and a floppy drive.

    Even with a monitor the Atari ST was cheaper & faster even if you included a monitor.
    But GEM was crap compared to QuickDraw and Finder, and the Mac software just felt more advanced.

    Steve Job’s brilliance was in MARKETING! Both the ST and Amigas were technically better machines but Commodore and Atari were too busy fighting each other to market properly.

  12. 3:58 you should try running system seven. the requirements are two megabytes and a scsi hard drive.

  13. Apple2gs says:

    Does your Mac still have the original 400K 3.5" drive and (64K) ROM firmware? I'm leaning towards no, if its previous owner bumped yours up to 2 MB RAM and added a SCSI mod. Couple of years back I picked up an original 128 (dating from early 1984!) for only $4, but it had been upgraded to a Mac 512e internally, so it has the Mac Plus ROMs, an 800K drive and a 512K RAM expansion board too to give it 1 MB RAM. Came with the original keyboard but I had to track down an original mouse and keyboard cable. Recently I even found an original Mac 128 owners manual to go with it! It's a cool collectors piece, but honestly the dullest thing to play with in my collection! I far prefer playing with my Apple II's or even Apple III over the Mac!

  14. Imagine gaming on that I’m might get one and reassemble the insides to make it modern or do the same thing with a tangerine iMac g3

  15. geoffk777 says:

    You're absolutely right on the disk swapping. A friend of mine got one of these in 1984 and I could barely stand to use it, even with MacWrite and MacPaint. Macs in general weren't very useful or popular until the LaserWriter came out. Then they started the Desktop Publishing boom and became infinitely more useful. But the 128K Mac was more of a technology demonstrator than a computer that you could do useful work on. Incidentally, the original Mac printer was a dot matrix unit that accurately reproduced what was on screen, including fonts and graphics, but at terribly slow speed and with terrible resolution.

  16. It's crazy to think that this thing came out a year before the Amiga released… It just shows how ahead of the game the Amiga really was.

    Edit. Oh your channel is awesome, I've been subscribed for a long time but recently decided to go through your back catalogue, keep up the good work.

  17. Leo Wagner says:

    If you want a mac, your better off getting an ST or Amiga. They can emulate the mac, and can actually run the programs faster, and in color. Also, I find it crazy how much cheaper these machines were than the mac at the time, despite being more powerful.

  18. Will Bailey says:

    My Mac take:

    In the late 80's there were online dial-up services like CompuServe and GEnie. They had chat rooms.

    These were the balls pre internet. People wrote little programs to.automate their chat to run trivia games.

    I had an Amiga 500 which was uber powerful at the time. It had no chat programs.

    I used my Amiga 500 with an emulator (yes pre-1990's had emulators crazy) to install the Mac 128Ks OS, which had chat trivia games, on my Amiga so I could run a trivia game. On GEnie.

    It was awesome. When I wasn't playing Gemstone.

  19. 😦🤔WHAAT manner of camera were you using!🤢😆

  20. I bet Crystal Quest only worked because of the RAM upgrade. I would think no way would it run on a stock Mac 128.

    I feel like the Mac 128 was pretty much an expensive tech demo. It wasn't until there was more RAM, more software and the availability of a laser printer that it became a must have for a certain market.

  21. J C says:

    Let's Get Retro!

  22. The only thing I remember from having a couple of these in the classroom in elementary school was playing an air hockey game.