Macintosh SE Macintosh SE

Macintosh SE Datasheet

On March 2nd, 1987, Apple introduced the Macintosh SE, a personal computer that would go on to become a classic in the Macintosh series. This new computer was designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple from 1987 to 1989, and it was the first Macintosh computer to feature an 8 MHz Motorola 68000 processor, a 9″ monochrome display, and 1 MB or 2 MB of RAM.

The Macintosh SE also came with a 20 MB or 40 MB hard drive, one or two 800 KB floppy disk drives, and a dedicated operating system: Macintosh System Software. With a starting price of $2,898, it was a high-end computer for its time, and it quickly became a popular choice for professionals and power users.

However, the Macintosh SE’s time in the spotlight was short-lived. On August 1st, 1989, Apple discontinued the Macintosh SE and replaced it with the Macintosh SE FDHD. Despite its relatively brief lifespan, the Macintosh SE remains an important piece of technology history, and today it celebrates 37 years since its initial release.

Mac SE
Source: sixcolors.com – Mac SE

Macintosh SE Details

IntroducedMarch 2, 1987
DiscontinuedAugust 1, 1989
Model Identifier5
Order NumberM5010
Original Price$2,898
Weight17 Ibs.
7.711 KG
Dimensions13.6” H x 9.69” W x 10.9” D
34.54 cm H x 24.61 cm W x 27.68 cm D

Mac SE Tech Specs


ProcessorMotorola 68000
Processor Speed8 MHz
Number of Cores1
System Bus8 MHz

Storage & Media

Storage20 MB or 40 MB (Optional)
Media1 or 2 – 800 KB Floppy drive


Built-in Memory1 MB
2 MB
Maximum Memory4 MB
Memory Slots4 – 30 pin SIMM (Groups of 2)
Minimum Speed150 ns
Interleaving SupportNo


Built-in Display9” monochrome display
Resolution512 x 342
Pixel Density72 ppi


Graphics CardNone
Graphics MemoryNone
Display ConnectionUnknown


Expansion Slots1 – SE PDS
Hard Drive InterfaceSCSI


SCSI1 – DB-25
Floppy Port1 – DB-19
Audio InNone
Audio Out1 – 3.5-mm mono output jack



Original OSSystem Software 2.0.1
Maximum OSSystem 7.5.5
FirmwareMacintosh ROM


Backup Battery3.6 V lithium
Maximum Continuous Power100 W
Line VoltageUnknown

Further Reading and References

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Last updated: April 28, 2023