It was innovative. It was very expensive. It’s beautiful. Jony Ive 1997.
I get to look at it any time I’d like to as it sits a foot away from my seat. It fires up quickly and runs well. I can listen to radio on the thing if I’d like. It runs Mac OS 9.1. Wrist pad is made of leather, you can detach the trackpad or remove it and replace with another leather piece. You can use a mouse instead of the pad if you’d like to. TV Tuner, FM tuner, etc.
Now I wonder what these things go for these days. I’ve heard north of $1,000 if in great shape, and this beauty is in wonderful shape. The power brick lives in the bass module, which allows for such a thin profile.
If you find this geek toy interesting, I’d be curious what you think it might be worth, should it be donated to a computer museum someplace? I already have a basement full of Macs (including an original 128k with System 1.0 on the floppy) with a serial number under 300 (if I remember correctly). Still works great too, and that “Melt” option in the Finder is hilarious.