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Macintosh Performa

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The Macintosh Performa series was Apple's consumer product line from 1992 until 1997, when the iMac's release ended this product line. The Peformas series of computers was not in actuality a new line of computers per se but simply renamed models from their regular line of computers sold in computer stores, such as Quadra, Centris, LC, Power Mac, and so on. The series was introduced in 1992 with the Performa 200, which was essentially a renamed Macintosh Classic II. Nearly every member of the Mac LC series existed as a Performa version, as did the Power Macintosh 6100. Systems that were not branded as Performas were largely intended for the education market.

The Performa versions sold as a package deal that included a monitor, external modem, and typically a software bundle of some sort. These items were not generally included with the non-Performa Mac models of the time. Peforma software bundles usually included ClarisWorks, educational software, and some games, pre-installed over a slightly customized version of the Mac System software, denoted by a 'P' in the version number (e.g. System 7.1P5). The Performa versions of the System software introduced some useful features that were later rolled to the mainstream release, most notably the Launcher. System 7.5 ended the separate Performa releases.

The Performa series of Macintosh computers was Apple's attempt to increase its market share among families and individuals. Apple attempted wide retail distribution of the Performas in the early 1990s, such as through major electronics store chains, but this was largely a failure due to a poor marketing, such as not having attractive self-running demos at stores, and the fact that many retailers that carried them seemed more interested in pushing customers towards Windows PCs. It was not uncommon to see the demo machines crashed and the mouse missing, or to see the units turned off completely.

List of Performa Models

  • Performa 200 (1992, aka Macintosh Classic II)
  • Performa 250
  • Performa 275 (1993, aka Macintosh Color Classic)
  • Performa 400
  • Performa 405
  • Performa 410
  • Performa 430
  • Performa 450
  • Performa 460
  • Performa 466
  • Performa 467
  • Performa 475 aka Macintosh LC 475)
  • Performa 476
  • Performa 520
  • Performa 5200CD
  • Performa 5210CD
  • Performa 5215CD
  • Performa 5220CD
  • Performa 5260CD
  • Performa 5270CD
  • Performa 5280
  • Performa 5300CD
  • Performa 5320CD
  • Performa 5400 Series
  • Performa 550
  • Performa 560
  • Performa 575
  • Performa 577
  • Performa 578
  • Performa 580CD
  • Performa 588CD
  • Performa 600/600CD
  • Performa 6100 Series
  • Performa 6200 Series
  • Performa 630/630CD
  • Performa 6300 Series
  • Performa 631CD
  • Performa 635CD
  • Performa 636/636CD
  • Performa 6360
  • Performa 637CD
  • Performa 638CD
  • Performa 6400/6410/6420
  • Performa 640CD

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