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Mac Systems: Apple: Macintosh PowerBook Series

The Apple PowerBook series was sold from October 1991 to February 1997 and the earlier Macintosh Portable first was released in September 1989. Apple's pre-G3 PowerBook line had a bumpy past, perhaps more so than any other Apple product line, with both tremendous successes and a couple of failures, too.

The PowerBook Duo, PowerBook G3, and PowerBook G4 as well as the more modern MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air additionally may be of interest.

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1 Apple Computer Processor Portable (Original) 16 MHz 68000
Intro. Date: September 20, 1989 Disc. Date: February 11, 1991
Order No: M5350* Model No: M5120 (Gestalt 10)
Std. RAM: 1 MB Std. VRAM: N/A
Std. HD: None, 40 MB* Std. Optical: None
Complete Portable (Original) Specs
Portable Backlit 16 MHz 68000
Intro. Date: February 11, 1991 Disc. Date: October 21, 1991
Order No: M5381LL/A* Model No: M5126 (Gestalt 10)
Std. RAM: 2 MB, 4 MB Std. VRAM: N/A
Std. HD: None, 40 MB Std. Optical: None
Complete Portable Backlit Specs
PowerBook 100 16 MHz 68000
Intro. Date: October 21, 1991 Disc. Date: August 3, 1992
Order No: M0567LL/A* Model No: M1506 (Gestalt 24)
Std. RAM: 2 MB, 4 MB Std. VRAM: N/A
Std. HD: 20 MB, 40 MB Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 100 Specs
PowerBook 140 16 MHz 68030
Intro. Date: October 21, 1991 Disc. Date: August 3, 1992
Order No: M0511LL/A* Model No: M5416 (Gestalt 25)
Std. RAM: 2 MB, 4 MB Std. VRAM: N/A
Std. HD: 20 MB, 40 MB Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 140 Specs
PowerBook 145 25 MHz 68030
Intro. Date: August 3, 1992 Disc. Date: June 7, 1993
Order No: M4630LL/A* Model No: M5409 (Gestalt 54*)
Std. RAM: 4 MB Std. VRAM: N/A
Std. HD: 40 MB, 80 MB Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 145 Specs
PowerBook 145b 25 MHz 68030
Intro. Date: June 7, 1993 Disc. Date: July 18, 1994
Order No: M1592LL/A* Model No: M5409 (Gestalt 54)
Std. RAM: 4 MB Std. VRAM: N/A
Std. HD: 40 MB, 80 MB Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 145b Specs
PowerBook 150 33 MHz 68030
Intro. Date: July 18, 1994 Disc. Date: October 14, 1995
Order No: M2794LL/A Model No: M2740 (Gestalt 115)
Std. RAM: 4 MB, 8 MB Std. VRAM: N/A
Std. HD: 120 MB, 250 MB Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 150 Specs
PowerBook 160 25 MHz 68030
Intro. Date: October 19, 1992 Disc. Date: August 16, 1993
Order No: M4500LL/A* Model No: M4550 (Gestalt 34)
Std. RAM: 4 MB Std. VRAM: 512k*
Std. HD: 40, 80, 120 MB Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 160 Specs
PowerBook 165 33 MHz 68030
Intro. Date: August 16, 1993 Disc. Date: July 18, 1994
Order No: M1641LL/A Model No: M4440 (Gestalt 84)
Std. RAM: 4 MB Std. VRAM: 512k*
Std. HD: 80 MB, 160 MB Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 165 Specs
PowerBook 165c 33 MHz 68030
Intro. Date: February 10, 1993 Disc. Date: December 13, 1993
Order No: M4900LL/A* Model No: N/A (Gestalt 50)
Std. RAM: 4 MB Std. VRAM: 512k*
Std. HD: 80 MB, 160 MB Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 165c Specs
PowerBook 170 25 MHz 68030
Intro. Date: October 21, 1991 Disc. Date: October 19, 1992
Order No: M1057LL/A Model No: M5409 (Gestalt 21)
Std. RAM: 4 MB Std. VRAM: N/A
Std. HD: 40 MB Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 170 Specs
PowerBook 180 33 MHz 68030
Intro. Date: October 19, 1992 Disc. Date: May 16, 1994
Order No: M4400LL/A* Model No: M4440 (Gestalt 33)
Std. RAM: 4 MB Std. VRAM: 512k*
Std. HD: 80 MB, 120 MB* Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 180 Specs
PowerBook 180c 33 MHz 68030
Intro. Date: June 7, 1993 Disc. Date: March 14, 1994
Order No: M7950LL/A* Model No: M7940 (Gestalt 71)
Std. RAM: 4 MB Std. VRAM: 512k*
Std. HD: 80 MB, 160 MB* Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 180c Specs
PowerBook 190/66 33 MHz* 68LC040
Intro. Date: August 28, 1995 Disc. Date: April 1, 1996
Order No: M3530LL/A* Model No: M3047 (Gestalt 122)
Std. RAM: 4 MB, 8 MB Std. VRAM: N/A
Std. HD: 500 MB Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 190/66 Specs
PowerBook 190cs/66 33 MHz* 68LC040
Intro. Date: August 28, 1995 Disc. Date: September 1, 1996
Order No: M4073LL/A Model No: M3047 (Gestalt 122)
Std. RAM: 8 MB Std. VRAM: N/A
Std. HD: 500 MB Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 190cs/66 Specs
PowerBook 520 25 MHz* 68LC040
Intro. Date: May 16, 1994 Disc. Date: June 10, 1995
Order No: M2597LL/A* Model No: M4880 (Gestalt 72)
Std. RAM: 4 MB, 12 MB Std. VRAM: 512k*
Std. HD: 160 MB, 240 MB* Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 520 Specs
PowerBook 520c 25 MHz* 68LC040
Intro. Date: May 16, 1994 Disc. Date: September 16, 1995
Order No: M1845LL/A* Model No: M4880 (Gestalt 72)
Std. RAM: 4 MB, 12 MB Std. VRAM: 512k*
Std. HD: 160, 240, 320 MB* Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 520c Specs
PowerBook 540 33 MHz* 68LC040
Intro. Date: May 16, 1994 Disc. Date: October 17, 1994
Order No: M2807LL/A* Model No: M4880 (Gestalt 72)
Std. RAM: 8 MB, 12 MB Std. VRAM: 512k*
Std. HD: 240 MB Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 540 Specs
PowerBook 540c 33 MHz* 68LC040
Intro. Date: May 16, 1994 Disc. Date: August 26, 1995
Order No: M2809LL/A* Model No: M4880 (Gestalt 72)
Std. RAM: 4 MB, 12 MB Std. VRAM: 512k*
Std. HD: 320 MB, 500 MB* Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 540c Specs
PowerBook 550c 33 MHz* 68040
Intro. Date: May 30, 1995 Disc. Date: April 1, 1996
Order No: M4286J/A Model No: N/A (Gestalt 72)
Std. RAM: 8 MB Std. VRAM: 512k*
Std. HD: 500 MB Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 550c Specs
PowerBook 1400cs/117 117 MHz PowerPC 603e
Intro. Date: November 20, 1996 Disc. Date: July 14, 1997
Order No: M5287LL/A* Model No: M3571 (Gestalt 310)
Std. RAM: 12 MB, 16 MB Std. VRAM: 512k (Optional*)
Std. HD: 750 MB, 1.0 GB Std. Optical: 6X (Optional)*
Complete PowerBook 1400cs/117 Specs
PowerBook 1400c/117 117 MHz PowerPC 603e
Intro. Date: November 20, 1996 Disc. Date: July 14, 1997
Order No: M4856LL/A* Model No: M3571 (Gestalt 310)
Std. RAM: 16 MB Std. VRAM: 512k (Optional*)
Std. HD: 750 MB, 1.0 GB Std. Optical: 6X (Optional)*
Complete PowerBook 1400c/117 Specs
PowerBook 1400cs/133 133 MHz PowerPC 603e
Intro. Date: July 14, 1997 Disc. Date: December 13, 1997
Order No: M5605LL/A Model No: M3571 (Gestalt 310)
Std. RAM: 16 MB Std. VRAM: 512k (Optional*)
Std. HD: 1.3 GB Std. Optical: 8X
Complete PowerBook 1400cs/133 Specs
PowerBook 1400c/133 133 MHz PowerPC 603e
Intro. Date: November 20, 1996 Disc. Date: December 13, 1997
Order No: M5576LL/A* Model No: M3571 (Gestalt 310)
Std. RAM: 16 MB Std. VRAM: 512k (Optional*)
Std. HD: 1.0 GB, 1.3 GB Std. Optical: 6X, 8X
Complete PowerBook 1400c/133 Specs
PowerBook 1400cs/166 166 MHz PowerPC 603e
Intro. Date: December 17, 1997 Disc. Date: May 6, 1998
Order No: M6274LL/A Model No: M3571 (Gestalt 310)
Std. RAM: 16 MB Std. VRAM: 512k (Optional*)
Std. HD: 1.3 GB Std. Optical: 12X
Complete PowerBook 1400cs/166 Specs
PowerBook 1400c/166 166 MHz PowerPC 603e
Intro. Date: July 14, 1997 Disc. Date: May 6, 1998
Order No: M4909LL/A* Model No: M3571 (Gestalt 310)
Std. RAM: 16 MB Std. VRAM: 512k (Optional*)
Std. HD: 2.0 GB Std. Optical: 8X, 12X
Complete PowerBook 1400c/166 Specs
PowerBook 2400c/180 180 MHz PowerPC 603e
Intro. Date: May 8, 1997 Disc. Date: March 14, 1998
Order No: M5241LL/A Model No: N/A (Gestalt 307)
Std. RAM: 16 MB Std. VRAM: 1 MB
Std. HD: 1.3 GB Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 2400c/180 Specs
PowerBook 2400c/240 240 MHz PowerPC 603e
Intro. Date: April 7, 1998 Disc. Date: December 31, 1998
Order No: M6265J/A Model No: N/A (Gestalt N/A)
Std. RAM: 16 MB Std. VRAM: 1 MB
Std. HD: 2.0 GB Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 2400c/240 Specs
PowerBook 3400c/180 180 MHz PowerPC 603e
Intro. Date: February 17, 1997 Disc. Date: December 13, 1997
Order No: M4596LL/A* Model No: M3553 (Gestalt 306)
Std. RAM: 16 MB Std. VRAM: 2 MB
Std. HD: 1.3 GB Std. Optical: 6X (Opt), 12X
Complete PowerBook 3400c/180 Specs
PowerBook 3400c/200 200 MHz PowerPC 603e
Intro. Date: February 17, 1997 Disc. Date: February 17, 1998
Order No: M4595LL/A* Model No: M3553 (Gestalt 306)
Std. RAM: 16 MB Std. VRAM: 2 MB
Std. HD: 2.0 GB Std. Optical: 6X, 12X
Complete PowerBook 3400c/200 Specs
PowerBook 3400c/240 240 MHz PowerPC 603e
Intro. Date: February 17, 1997 Disc. Date: March 14, 1998
Order No: M5550LL/A Model No: M3553 (Gestalt 306)
Std. RAM: 16 MB Std. VRAM: 2 MB
Std. HD: 3.0 GB Std. Optical: 12X
Complete PowerBook 3400c/240 Specs
PowerBook 5300/100 100 MHz PowerPC 603e
Intro. Date: August 28, 1995 Disc. Date: August 1, 1996
Order No: M3135LL/A Model No: M2785 (Gestalt 128)
Std. RAM: 8 MB Std. VRAM: 512k
Std. HD: 500 MB Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 5300/100 Specs
PowerBook 5300cs/100 100 MHz PowerPC 603e
Intro. Date: August 28, 1995 Disc. Date: August 5, 1996
Order No: M3824LL/A* Model No: M2785 (Gestalt 128)
Std. RAM: 8 MB, 16 MB Std. VRAM: 512k
Std. HD: 500 MB, 750 MB Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 5300cs/100 Specs
PowerBook 5300c/100 100 MHz PowerPC 603e
Intro. Date: August 28, 1995 Disc. Date: September 1, 1996
Order No: M3133LL/A* Model No: M2785 (Gestalt 128)
Std. RAM: 8 MB, 16 MB Std. VRAM: 1 MB*
Std. HD: 500 MB, 750 MB Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 5300c/100 Specs
PowerBook 5300ce/117 117 MHz PowerPC 603e
Intro. Date: August 28, 1995 Disc. Date: September 1, 1996
Order No: M3828LL/A Model No: M2785 (Gestalt 128)
Std. RAM: 32 MB Std. VRAM: 512k
Std. HD: 1.2 GB Std. Optical: None
Complete PowerBook 5300ce/117 Specs



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