Throwback Thursday: The Mac IIcx arrives...

Today's Throwback Thursday comes from the June 1989 issue of MacUser magazine. It's a writeup about what I still think is my personal favorite Mac of all time -- the Mac IIcx. Five years after the introduction of the Mac, this machine was revolutionary. It had three NuBus expansion slots, a Motorola 68030 CPU running at a blazing (for the time) 15.7 MHz, and it featured a modular design that allowed everything from the logic board to the speaker to be replaced easily. 

I bought one of these in 1989 after watching the introduction live via closed-circuit TV to an office in downtown Denver. During that demo, Jean-Louis Gassée actually assembled a IIcx on stage. The IIcx quickly became my go-to machine, and worked for years with several modems attached to run my 1986 - 1994 BBS (bulletin board system), MAGIC. It was finally sold to a friend after I moved to a PowerPC-based Power Macintosh 6100 in '94.

By the way, the IIcx could be placed as you see it above, or the four feet could be moved to one side so that it could be used as a mini-tower. Those little buttons under the Macintosh IIcx nameplate and logo were the reset and programmer buttons. When something locked up, the reset button was often the only way to get the machine to reboot... 

Enjoy the review by MacUser senior editor John J. Anderson!