Macintosh Performa 5215CD

The Macintosh Performa 5215CD is an easy-to-use all-in-one system that combines the high performance of PowerPC technology with built-in multimedia features, allowing you to interact with information in new and exciting ways.

The Macintosh Performa 5215CD gets its performance from the fast 75-megahertz PowerPC 603 microprocessor that was codeveloped by Apple, IBM, and Motorola. It comes with 8 megabytes of RAM, which can be expanded to 64 megabytes, and has a 1 gigabyte hard disk drive for ample storage.

The affordable Macintosh Performa 5215CD includes standard multimedia features that are expensive add-ons for other computers. A quadruple-speed CD-ROM drive lets you access CD-based data quickly. Stereo 16-bit sound provides high-quality playback from audio CDs via the built-in speakers. And a built-in 15-inch multiscan color display supports up to 32,000 colors.

You can even extend the system’s multimedia capabilities by adding a video-in card and connecting it to an external video source, such as a VCR or camcorder, to cut and paste video images. Or you can add an internal TV tuner— with a remote control— to view television channels in a window on your display.

The Macintosh Performa 5215CD comes equipped with an internal 14.4-kilobits-per-second data and electronic fax modem with full-duplex speakerphone and digital answering machine capability. Multiple ports allow you to connect to peripherals such as external disk drives, printers, and scanners. And a flexible LC processor direct slot makes it easy to add an Ethernet networking card. The eWorld on-line service option has been replaced by America Online. 5215CD customers can open the bundled eWorld application and connect to via the modem to a server where they can download or order the America Online software.

Incredibly capable, yet amazingly affordable, the Macintosh Performa 5215CD will bring high-performance multimedia computing within the reach of people in homes, schools, and offices.


Complete system

  • Ready to run, right out of the box.
  • Easy to set up, learn, and use.
  • Includes:
    • Built-in 15-inch multiple-scan color display (12.8-inch viewable image size).
    • Built-in quadruple-speed, tray-loading CD-ROM player.
    • Internal 14.4K bps data and electronic fax modem with speakerphone and digital answering machine.
  • Runs all Macintosh applications as well as accelerated (native) applications designed especially for PowerPC processor–based Macintosh computers.
  • Requires no additional software or cables.
  • Includes energy-saving feature that reduces power consumption by 50 percent for EPA Energy Star compliance.

Software titles included

  • ClarisWorks
  • American Heritage Dictionary
  • Quicken
  • MacLink Plus/Easy Open Translators
  • MacGallery Clip Art Treasure Pak
  • Click Art Performa Collection
  • At Ease
  • Mangia Special Edition
  • Expresso
  • The Writing Center
  • Fine Artist
  • Widget Workshop
  • Power Pete
  • EPIE’s Guide to MAC Home Learning Software
  • Virex
  • WealthBuilder

CD-ROM titles included

  • 1995 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
  • 3D Atlas
  • Club KidSoft CD
  • Thinkin’ Things Collection 2
  • My First Incredible, Amazing Dictionary
  • Smithsonian’s America
  • The Family Doctor
  • Professor Piccolo from Opcode

Technical Specifications

Microprocessor and cache

  • PowerPC 603 RISC processor running at 75 MHz
  • Integrated floating-point unit
  • 16K internal cache
  • 256K Level-2 cache


  • Comes with 8MB of RAM.
  • Can be expanded to up to 64MB of RAM in two DRAM SIMM sockets.
  • Uses 72-pin, noncomposite 80-nanosecond or faster DRAM SIMMs.

Disk drives

  • One internal 1GB hard disk drive
  • One built-in Apple SuperDrive 1.4MB floppy disk drive that uses high-density floppy disks and reads, writes, and formats Macintosh, Windows, MS-DOS, OS/2, and ProDOS disks
  • AppleCD 600i quadruple-speed CD-ROM drive

Apple Multiple Scan 15 Display (built in)

  • 15-inch RGB color display (12.8-inch viewable image size)
  • Adjustable resolutions:
    • 640 by 480 pixels at 67 Hz
    • 800 by 600 pixels at 67 and 72 Hz —832 by 624 pixels at 75 Hz
  • 0.28-mm dot pitch
  • Noninterlaced, flat, square cathode ray tube (CRT)
  • Meets the strictest international magnetic-field emissions guidelines (SWEDAC MPR2).

Display support

  • 1MB DRAM display support, independent of system DRAM

Color depth support

  • Standard 16-bit color for display of 32,768 colors on the 15-inch display (12.8-inch viewable image size) at 640- by 480-pixel resolution, and 8-bit color at 800- by 600-pixel or 832- by 624-pixel resolution


  • RS-232/RS-422 serial port
  • SCSI interface port for connecting as many as five external peripheral devices
  • Internal expansion slot compatible with most Macintosh LC II, LC III, LC 475, LC 520, LC 550, LC 575, and LC 630; Macintosh Quadra 605 and 630; and Macintosh Performa processor-direct cards
  • Communications slot that supports the 14.4K-bps data/fax/voice modem
  • Video slot to support the Apple Video System (NTSC, PAL, and SECAM)
  • Infrared remote receiver and dedicated connector for optional internal Apple TV/Video System (which includes TV tuner)
  • Optional External Video Connector to support Apple Presentation System, LCD projection panels, or an external monitor


  • Serial port for AppleTalk


  • Global Village TelePort Gold IIv Internal 14.4K bps data/fax/voice modem
  • Built in error correction and compression (MNP4, V.42, MNP5, V.42bis)
  • Internet, fax, and telephony software included


  • Stereo 16-bit sound capable of driving stereo headphones or other stereo equipment through the sound jack
  • One sound-in port
  • Front headphone jack
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Built-in microphone

Keyboard and mouse

  • AppleDesign Keyboard and mouse

Disability access

  • Easy Access and visible beep included with system software. These built-in solutions and third-party options provide alternative input and output devices for people with disabilities.

Electrical requirements

  • Line voltage: 100 to 240 volts AC, RMS single phase, automatically configured
  • Frequency: 50 to 60 Hz, single phase
  • Power: 125 W maximum, including display
  • EPA Energy Star compliant

ADB power requirements

  • Maximum current draw for all ADB devices: 500 mA (a maximum of three ADB devices is recommended)
  • Mouse current draw: 10 mA
  • Keyboard current draw: 25 to 80 mA (varies with keyboard model used)

Size and weight

  • Height: 17.5 in. (44.5 cm)
  • Width: 15.1 in. (38.3 cm)
  • Depth: 16 in. (40.6 cm)
  • Weight: 47 lb. (21.15 kg), but varies depending on internal devices installed

Operating environment

  • Operating temperature: 50 ̊ to 104 ̊ F (10 ̊ to 40 ̊ C)
  • Storage temperature: –40 ̊ to 116 ̊ F (–40 ̊ to 47 ̊ C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum altitude: 10,000 ft. (3,048 m)

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