The original 128K Mac had too many problems to list, and according to Joanna Hoffman, the first Mac marketer: "It's a miracle that it sold anything at all. It was not a rational buy."
In a report in today's Guardian, Jack Schofield describes the problems he faced when he used the original 128K Mac in 1984.
He notes: "It had too little software, couldn't be expanded (as it had no hard drive, no SCSI port, no ADB port, and no expansion slots), was horribly underpowered and absurdly overpriced. The way MacWrite and MacPaint worked together was brilliant, but producing anything more than a short essay was a huge struggle. Just copying a floppy was a nightmare."
But, Schofield admits that he believed graphical user interfaces (GUIs) were the future. This opinion was not based on his experience with the Mac, but on "the beautiful but glacially slow Apple Lisa."
Schofield grants that "the Mac gave a very big kick to a developing trend", but he notes that "the high price meant most UK users got their first real experience of a PUI (Xerox PARC user interface) elsewhere: on cheap computers such as the Atari ST and Commodore Amiga, launched in 1985, and the first Risc-based personal computer, the Acorn Archimedes, launched in 1987."
"The Mac certainly had by far the best PUI , but the Amiga had better graphics and sound, while both the Amiga and the Archimedes had proper multitasking operating systems," the report concludes.