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Apple PowerBook 5300cs/100The Apple Macintosh PowerBook 5300cs/100 features a 100 MHz PowerPC 603e processor, 8 MB or 16 MB of RAM, and a 500 MB or 750 MB hard drive in a portable black case with a 10.4" color dual-scan display.

The PowerBook 5300cs/100 supports 8-bit color on the built-in display, but also can support up-to 16-bit color on an external monitor with the installation of an optional video card.

Although the PowerBook 5300 series heralded a couple of firsts -- it was the first PowerBook line to have PowerPC processors and "hot swappable" drive bays -- it was initially plagued by battery and quality problems and required "reworking" by Apple to perform well.

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  • Tech Specs
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August 28, 1995 August 5, 1996
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 1995.
100 MHz PowerPC 603e
Details: This model has a 32-bit processor and a 64-bit data path.
Soldered Integrated
Details: N/A
33.3 MHz N/A
Details: N/A
Macintosh ROM 4 MB
Details: N/A
32k N/A
Details: N/A
DRAM Card* 70 ns
Details: *Supports a single 70 ns DRAM card specific to the PowerBook 5300 series.
8 MB, 16 MB 64 MB
Details: Supports up to 64 MB with a series specific memory module installed.

Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
8 MB, 16 MB* 1
Details: *Some configurations have 8 MB onboard and others have 16 MB onboard.
Dedicated* Onboard
Details: *Default video function provided by onboard VRAM.
512k 1 MB*
Details: *A 1 MB video card can be added to support an external 16-bit color monitor.
10.4" Color 640x480
Details: 10.4" color dual scan (8-bit, 256 colors) LCD.
None* N/A*
Details: *By default, this model does not support an external display. However, with the installation of an optional video card, it can support an external 16-bit color monitor.
500 MB, 750 MB IDE
Details: N/A
None 1.44 MB* (Manual)
Details: *1.44 MB floppy drive module is swappable.
28.8k (Optional) None
Details: N/A
2 Type II PC Card* None
Details: *2 Type II PC Card (1 Type III).
Notebook PowerBook 5300
Details: N/A
M3824LL/A* PowerBook 5300
Details: *M3824LL/A refers to this model configured with 8 MB of RAM and a 500 MB hard drive. M3825LL/A refers to this model configured with 16 MB of RAM and a 750 MB hard drive.
M2785 128
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the M2785 Model Number and 128 Gestalt ID.

For more about identifiers and how to locate them on modern Macs, please refer to's Mac Identification section.
NiMH 2.5-4.0 Hours
Details: N/A
7.5.2 7.5.2-9.1
Details: Earlier and later versions of the Macintosh System/Finder and Mac OS are not supported.

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2.0 x 11.5 x 8.5 6.2 lbs (2.8 kg)
Details: In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (5.6 cm, 29.2 cm, 21.6 cm).
US$2800, US$3500 N/A
Details: 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
1 None
Details: Single serial port can be used with either a serial printer or modem. It also has IrDA capability.
None* None
Details: *Optional internal modem (RJ-11).
None None
Details: N/A
1 (Line Level) 1 (16-Bit Stereo)
Details: N/A
1 (16-Bit Stereo) N/A
Details: N/A
1 None
Details: N/A
N/A 1
Details: 100V-240V AC, 50-60 Hz Frequency, 45 Max Watts.

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