After my Quadra 610 died in 2002, I put myself in the marketplace for another 68040 based Macintosh. After checking the classified ads several times, I was lucky enough to find a Centris 650 which the owner let go for only $20. It originally came with a crappy keyboard and an ugly monitor. I replaced those with the better keyboard, monitor and mouse I was using with my Quadra 610.
The 650 was a decent 68040 computer to use for running out old Pagemaker files, keeping my database files, and playing old games. I also used the Centris for connection to the internet via a 14.4k modem.
Apple built this computer for about 6 months in 1993. It was succeeded by the Quadra 650, which had a slightly faster processor and stayed in production up to 1994.
There is a lot that you can do with an old Centris or Quadra class computer. Using older software, these computers are good workhorses for basic desktop publishing and art projects. You can write web pages with these, do word processing, keep databases, play older games and listen to midi files.
While the Centris/Quadra series can run Mac OS up to version 8.1, I chose to keep mine running on System 7.5.5.
Configuration of Mel’s Macintosh Centris 650.
- Apple Macintosh Centris 650
Motorola 68040 @ 25mhz
50 MB of RAM memory (upgraded 9-2002)
Internal Quantum Fireball 540MB Hard Drive
CD ROM 4x Apple (replaced 9-2002)
1 internal 1.4MB floppy disc drive
Apple ADB Keyboard #2
Built in appletalk networking
Ports: SCSI, modem, printer, sound out and in ports
Ethernet AAUI Built In
A few years ago this Mac bit the dust and is no longer with me.