A classic Mac as far as I know, but one that has served its time. Over the years, it has seen OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion. It's gone from 2GB of RAM to 4GB (its technical limit). It has relied on an SSD from 2010 and forward. It can drive the 27" Cinema Display through its ridiculously old DVI port thanks to Atlona's fancy adapter, etc.
For the most part it performs great, specially if you take out the external display.
I am obviously biased when I compare this to the other Macs I interact with day to day, mostly my 27" i3 iMac monster I use at work. A machine built this year.
Regardless, currently, 'La Nave', costa rican spanish slang for a badass anything, sits on a desk next to my record player. A device I get much joy out of, regardless of the ageing nature of its medium.
In some ways it is fitting that they perform head to head.
The beach ball is a good indicator that it is probably just the right time to flip the record on its b-side.
A much loved computer, that will likely be kept in the family, just as soon as I decide if the new MBA's will do, or if I should look for a similar workhorse to take me into 2016 (in the 17" i7 thunderbolt MBP).