Erik Sandberg-Diment, For New York Times reviewed the first Macintosh on January 24,1984.
In the entire review, Erik seemed to focus on three key features sported by Mac, that scored over other contemporaries. One simple feature still scores over the present PCs, to that i will come in a second.
First was the size of screen. (You might rant that the iPad has got bigger screen that what Macintosh sported, but you see 1984 was not like 2014. Though i know you wont rant.)
With a scant nine-inch diagonal, it presents a diminutive five-by-seven viewing image. My personal dislike for small screens made me chalk up an immediate minus on the Mac’s scorecard, particularly since I found myself, as I usually do when confronted with a miniscreen, hunkering right up to the computer, much closer than comfort called for, as I flicked it on
The second surprise was the quality of the screen. Apple has been a leader in creating disruptive products and I guess building supreme quality of screen has always been the priority of the company. (Lately Retina Display. Don’t bring Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets here. Who started building staggering screen?)
The Mac display makes all the other personal computer screens look like distorted rejects from a Cubist art school. [..] What the Mac adds in visual clarity, however, it takes away in chromatics. At present, only a black-and-white screen is available. Apple appears to be aiming this computer at the small-business and educational markets rather than the home entertainment segment, so perhaps the company feels that color is not necessary.
Third striking feature was the absence of fan noise.
More importantly, the Macintosh’s keyboard cord could be plugged into the front of the computer. I remember in my school days, (around 2010) we would break a sweat if we were to change the keyboard or mouse’s cord because they plugged into the rear of the computer. Allowing plugs into the front of the computer should have been natural. Isn’t it? And this is what a 30 year old Macintosh manages to score over even present desktops.