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Apple PowerBook 165cThe Apple Macintosh PowerBook 165c features a 33 MHz 68030 processor and 68882 FPU co-processor, 4 MB of RAM, either an 80 MB or 160 MB hard drive, and an internal 1.44 MB floppy drive in a compact portable case with a 8.9" color passive-matrix display.

The PowerBook 165c supports 8-bit color on both the internal display and an external monitor -- dual display or mirrored -- and was the first PowerBook to offer such capability.

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

February 10, 1993 December 13, 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 1993.
33 MHz 68030
Details: This model has a 32-bit processor and a 32-bit data path.
Soldered 68882
Details: N/A
33 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.
8.9" Color 640x400
Details: 8.9" color (8-bit, 256 colors) 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.
80 MB, 160 MB SCSI
Details: *By default, this model was configured with either an 80 MB or a 160 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
M4900LL/A* PowerBook 165c
Details: *M4900LL/A refers to the configuration with an 80 MB hard drive. The configuration with a 160 MB hard drive was assigned order number M4920LL/A.
N/A 50
Details: Please note that these identifiers commonly refer to multiple models.

Also see: All Macs with the N/A Model Number and 50 Gestalt ID.

For more about identifiers and how to locate them on modern Macs, please refer to's Mac Identification section.
NiCad 1.5-2 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 7.0 lbs (3.2 kg)
Details: In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (5.7 cm, 28.6 cm, 23.6 cm).
US$3400 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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