The Macintosh 512k
Introduced in September of 1984, The Mac 512k was a Mac 128k with 384k more RAM. It was replaced in April 1986 with the 512ke, which included an 800k floppy drive, and a 128k ROM. It was discontinued later that year. The 512k sold for $3,195, and the 512ke for $1,999.
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Mac Plus - you can pop a Plus motherboard inside the 512k, but you'll still be limited to a 400k floppy drive and the ports won't align with the holes on the back. - you are much better off buying a REAL Plus for $1-5 at thrift stores.
There were several memory upgrade cards and CPU upgrades available 'back in the day', good luck finding them now.
The 512k was upgraded to a 512ke in September of 1987. This added an 800k floppy drive, but no SCSI port- the Plus was the first Mac to have a SCSI port, making it much more useful than the previous two Macs.
If youuse an old terminal emulation program such as White Knight or macTerminal, you can theoretically get online with a slip account - you know, the old fashioned text only interface. The only problem is most ISP's do not support modems slow enough to work on the 512.
Because the 512k is so old, there are very few programs around that will run on it. Try local thrift shops and eBay.
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