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NeXT CUBE COMPUTER - Steve Jobs' Rare Museum's Piece - Working!
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This is it! The holly grail of vintage computer collectors:

Includes NeXT MegaPixel Display,
NeXT Keyboard, NeXT Mouse, NeXTstep 3.3 original OS Install CD

if you copy and steal part of this item description, we will report your account to Ebay immediately
Rare and Unique Collector's Museum Piece
Fully prepared for NeXT software development!

  • The NeXT Computer (also called the NeXT Computer System) was a high-end workstation computer developed, manufactured, and sold by NeXT Inc., a company founded by Steve Jobs, from 1988 until 1990.
  • It ran the Unix-based NeXTSTEP operating system. The NeXT Computer was packaged in a 1-foot (305 mm) die-cast magnesium cube-shaped case, which led to the machine being informally referred to as "The Cube". It cost US$6,500.
  • A NeXT Computer was used by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau at CERN to develop the world's first web server software, CERN HTTPd, and also used to write the first web browser, WorldWideWeb. This workstation became the world's first web server on the Internet.

What you will get:
  • NeXT Cube Computer. Model No. N1000A. Tested and working 100% OK!
  • NeXT MegaPixel Monitor 2-Channel Digital Audio. Model No. N4000A. Includes original 19-pin NeXT monitor cable.
  • NeXT Keyboard, qwertz distribution. Designed to connect to the N4000A monitor.
  • NeXT Mouse. Designed to connect to the N4000A monitor too.
  • NeXTstep 3.3 Operating System original install box. Includes 3 floppies and 1 CD.
  • Fresh NeXTstep 3.3 installation, along with the latest Y2K patch.
  • Fresh FULL installation of NeXTstep Developer, including Tools, Libraries, Docs, and GNUsource.
  • 1 DVD with almost 3.5 gigabytes of NeXT public domain software! Plenty of homework and catching up here!


This NeXT Cube characteristics:

  • This NeXT computer has a very low serial number: 1233.
  • It is loaded with 48MB of RAM. Please let us know if you want it expanded to its full 64MB RAM capacity. We can do it without extra charge.
  • Quatum ProDrive 1050S SCSI disk drive, with NeXTstep 3.3 preinstalled, along with the latest Y2K patch, and the complete NeXT Developer 3.3.
  • It has no internal CD-ROM drive. We used an external CD-ROM drive connected to the SCSI port to install all the software. Please let us know if you need to buy one extra external CD-ROM drive.

Known issues:

  • Please note the Cube chassis has dents and scratches here and there, please watch the photos.
  • It is missing one of the four plastic supports under the chassis.
  • The floppy drive cannot fully eject the disk. It starts to do it, but then 'eats' the floppy back in again. You need to physically eject it with a thin tool (like in vintage Macintosh computers).
  • The keyboard seems a bit dirty. No worries, we will clean it properly before posting. All keys were tested and all are working perfectly.
  • Tested ports include: SCSI, Monitor. Untested ports include: LAN, Printer, Sound.

Packaging and Postage:

  • Will be perfectly packed so you get it in the same condition as we are showing it in the photos.
  • It will be packed using 2 BOXES. Hence postage cost is double than normal.
  • If you want to leave out the monitor, you can save half on the postage and have a £150 discount. Please notice that you need the monitor in order to connect the keyboard/mouse and to turn on the Cube :-)
  • Will be posted WORLDWIDE using EMS Global Express Mail, tracked and fully insured.

For our customers preferring to pay in EUROS or US dollars,
please send us a note BEFORE PAYING so we can send a special PayPal invoice.
(We will use exact current exchange data from

Front View of the Cube

Top view

Bottom view of the Cube chassis. Please notice one of the four plastic supports is missing.

Left side view

Right side view

Back side view. Notice the low serial number 1233.
It had a sticker that we removed, without using any liquid. Maybe a special cleaning will remove the glue residues.

This is the back of the Megapixel Display NeXT Monitor

The spectacular motherboard of the Cube.
MINT CONDITION!!! Absolutely no corrosion. LIKE NEW!!!
This is the soul of the Cube. You can rest assured you will have NeXT Cube for decades ahead!
RAM is 48-MB. Let us know if you would like it to be 64-MB, and we will expand it free of charge.

Back side of the motherboard

Your own personal NeXTstep install box, complete with NeXT and Intel boot floppy disks, and multi-platform CD (NeXT, Intel, Sun).

All the self test successfully passed:

The famous login screen

This is the famous and latest NeXTstep 3.3 patch 3. If fixes the Y2K problem amongst other things.
Without it, NeXT computers were not able to properly set the date from 1 Jan 2000.
This is properly fixed here:

This is the installation of the NeXT Developer Tools

This is the installation of the NeXT Developer Libraries

This is the installation of the NeXT Developer Documentation

This is the installation of the NeXT Developer GNU Sources

This is the installation of the NeXT Developer LATEST PATCH.
After this, you are all set up to start developing your own NeXT applications!

You can change the language of the OS on the fly, and which keyboard distribution you prefer.
Available languages are English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Swedish.

This is where you can see the effect of the Y2K patch. You can set and keep the current date.
You cannot do it without the latest patch.

Logging in as the 'me' user

Logging in as the 'root' super user

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