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Apple PortableThe Apple Macintosh Portable features a 16 MHz 68HC000 processor, 1 MB of RAM, a 1.44 MB floppy disk drive and the option of a 40 MB hard drive in a boxy portable case with a 9.8" monochrome active-matrix display.

The Portable often was referred to as the "luggable" because it weighed nearly 16 pounds, but nevertheless, it still was a significant advance toward truly portable "laptop" or "notebook" computers.

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  • Tech Specs
  • Ports

Click on the category for related details. The most commonly needed info is "open" by default, but all info is important.

September 20, 1989 February 11, 1991
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 1989.
16 MHz 68000
Details: This model has a 32-bit processor but a 16-bit data path.
Soldered None
Details: N/A
16 MHz N/A
Details: N/A
Macintosh ROM 256k
Details: N/A
Details: N/A
SRAM Card* 100 ns
Details: *Supports a single, custom 100 ns SRAM card.
1 MB 8 MB*
Details: *With an 8 MB memory module installed, the 1 MB of onboard memory cannot be addressed.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
1 MB 1 (Portable)
Details: N/A
Dedicated* Onboard
Details: *Video function provided by onboard VRAM.
Details: The video cannot be upgraded.
9.8" Monochrome 640x400
Details: 9.8" monochrome active-matrix (1-bit, black and white) LCD.
Details: N/A
None, 40 MB* SCSI
Details: *The M5350 configuration only has a floppy drive. The M5351 configuration contains a floppy drive and a 40 MB hard drive.
None 1.44 MB (Auto)
Details: N/A
None* None
Details: *Internal 2400 baud modem option available (M0250).
Modem None*
Details: *If the hard drive is not installed, a 3.5" drive bay is available.
Notebook Mac Portable
Details: N/A
M5350* Macintosh Portable
Details: *M5350 refers to the Macintosh Portable with a floppy drive. Configured with a floppy drive and a 40 MB hard drive is order number M5351.
M5120 10
Details: Please note that these identifiers commonly refer to multiple models.

Also see: All Macs with the M5120 Model Number and 10 Gestalt ID.

For more about identifiers and how to locate them on modern Macs, please refer to's Mac Identification section.
Lead-Acid 6-12 Hours
Details: N/A
6.0.4 6.0.4-7.5.1, 7.5.3-7.5.5
Details: Earlier and later versions of the Macintosh System/Finder and Mac OS are not supported.

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4.0 x 15.25 x 14.8 15.8 lbs (7.2 kg)
Details: In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (10.3 cm, 38.7 cm, 37.7 cm).
US$6500 N/A*
Details: *As a collector's item, it still may retain value.

Photo Credit: Apple Computer, Inc. (MacUser Magazine Ad).

Click on a category for additional details. The most commonly needed info is "open" by default, but all info is important. The icons correspond with the icons for each port on the computer.

1 (HDI-15) 1 (DB-19)
Details: N/A
1 1 (DB-25)
Details: N/A
2 None
Details: Serial ports are marked by printer and modem icons.
None* None
Details: *Internal 2400 baud modem option available (M0250).
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
1 (8-Bit Stereo) None
Details: N/A
1 None
Details: N/A
N/A 1
Details: 70V-270V AC, 48-62 Hz Frequency, 15 Max Watts.

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