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Apple PowerBook 160The Apple Macintosh PowerBook 160 features a 25 MHz 68030 processor, 4 MB of RAM, either a 40 MB, 80, or 120 MB hard drive, and an internal 1.44 MB floppy drive in a compact portable case with a 9.8" grayscale passive-matrix display.

Most notably, although the built-in display on the PowerBook 160 only supports 4-bit grayscale, it supports 8-bit color on an external monitor and was the first PowerBook to offer such capability.

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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.

October 19, 1992 August 16, 1993
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 1992.
25 MHz 68030
Details: This model has a 32-bit processor and a 32-bit data path.
Soldered None
Details: N/A
25 MHz N/A
Details: N/A
Macintosh ROM 1 MB
Details: N/A
0.5k N/A
Details: N/A
DRAM Card* 85 ns
Details: *Supports a single 85 ns DRAM card.
4 MB 14 MB*
Details: *With 4 MB of onboard memory and a 10 MB memory module.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
4 MB 1*
Details: *One PowerBook 100 series 70-pin memory slot.
Dedicated* Onboard
Details: *Video function provided by onboard VRAM.
512k* 512k*
Details: *512k of VRAM supports an external color monitor (8-bit, 256 colors). The video cannot be upgraded.
9.8" Grayscale 640x400
Details: 9.8" grayscale (4-bit, 16 grays) FSTN passive-matrix LCD.
Dual/Mirroring* 832x624*
Details: Simultaneously supports native resolution on the internal display and a maximum of 832x624 on a color external display. Other supported resolutions are 512x384, 640x400, 640x480 and 800x600, all at 8-bit color.
40, 80, 120 MB SCSI
Details: *By default, this model was configured with either a 40 MB, 80 MB or 120 MB hard drive.
None 1.44 MB (Manual)
Details: N/A
None* None
Details: *Optional 2400 baud (M0970LL/A) and 14.4k "Express" (M1366LL/A) modems offered.
Modem None
Details: N/A
Notebook PowerBook 140
Details: N/A
M4500LL/A* PowerBook 160
Details: *M4500LL/A refers to the configuration with a 40 MB hard drive. Configurations with an 80 MB and a 120 MB hard drive are assigned order numbers M4510LL/A and M4520LL/A, respectively.
M4550 34
Details: Please note that these identifiers commonly refer to multiple models.

Also see: All Macs with the M4550 Model Number and 34 Gestalt ID.

For more about identifiers and how to locate them on modern Macs, please refer to's Mac Identification section.
NiCad 2.5-3 Hours
Details: N/A
7.1 7.1-7.5.1, 7.5.3-7.6.1
Details: Earlier and later versions of the Macintosh System/Finder and Mac OS are not supported.

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2.25 x 11.25 x 9.3 6.8 lbs (3.1 kg)
Details: In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (5.7 cm, 28.6 cm, 23.6 cm).
US$2430 N/A*
Details: *As a collector's item, it still may retain value.

Photo Credit: Apple Computer, Inc.

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 (Mini-15) None
Details: N/A
1 1 (HDI-30)
Details: N/A
2 None
Details: Serial ports are marked by printer and modem icons.
None* None
Details: *Optional 2400 baud (M0970LL/A) and 14.4k "Express" (M1366LL/A) modems offered.
None None
Details: N/A
1 (Omni) None
Details: N/A
1 (8-Bit Stereo) None
Details: N/A
1 None
Details: N/A
N/A 1
Details: 110V-220V AC, 50-60 Hz Frequency, 17 Max Watts.

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