April 14, 1986: The Macintosh 512Ke "low-cost" brings hardware upgrades – and a bit of cfusi – at the low end of Mac
The Mac 512Ke is an "enhanced" model (hence the "e") of the Mac 512K. The upgrade respds to complaints that the original Mac lacked memory. The 512Ke adds a 800k dual density floppy drive and a 128k ROM to the Mac 512K formula.
Macintosh 512Ke: a Mac & # 39; low-cost & # 39 ;.
The fourth Mac released, the Macintosh 512Ke served as a low-cost alternative to Macintosh Plus, which was delivered three mths earlier. While the Mac Plus cost $ 2,599 at launch (about $ 5,904.45 today), the Mac 512Ke cost $ 1,999 (the equivalent of $ 4,541.36 in 2018).
Buyers of the Mac 512Ke could trade their machine for a Mac Plus for a e-time payment of $ 799. However, it meant that they would pay more than they just bought a Mac Plus.
For their mey, buyers of Mac 512Ke have an 8 MHz 68000 processor …