PowerBook Buyer's Guide

PowerBook 160

The 160 was the first second-generation PowerBook. The differences between this 'Book and the first generation boils down to three things. These newer models have more available maximum memory (up to 14MB), a new video out port, and 4-bit grayscale display that yields 16 shades of gray. The video out port can power an external monitor up to 16 inches in 256 colors. The 160 does not include a math coprocessor.

Rating

At the time: C

General

  • Introduced: 10/19/92
  • Discontinued: 8/16/93
  • 25 MHz 68030 processor
  • No L2 cache
  • PMMU: integrated
  • FPU: none
  • Data Path: 25 MHz 32-bit
  • 4MB RAM standard, maximum 14MB
  • Floppy Size: 1.44MB
  • 40-120MB SCSI hard drive

Ports

  • ADB
  • 2 serial
  • video out
  • audio out
  • audio in
  • HDI-30 SCSI
  • internal modem

Display

  • Passive-matrix 4-bit 16 grays
  • 10"
  • 640x400 resolution

Weight

  • 6.8 pounds

Sound

  • Sound In: mono, 8-bit
  • Sound Out: stereo, 8-bit
  • Microphone Port: Omni
  • Built-in Microphone

Software

  • Addressing Modes: 24-, 32-bit
  • Original System Software: 7.1
  • System Software Supported: 7.1 to 7.5.3

Apple's Specifications:

Logic Board Ports Power
Processor: 68030, 25 MHz
PMMU: integrated
FPU: none
Data Path: 32-bit, 25 MHz
L1 Cache: 0.5K
L2 Cache: none
2nd Processor: none
Slots: modem
ADB: 1
Video: mini-15
Floppy: none
SCSI: HDI-30
Geoports: none
Ethernet: none
FireWire:
Mic Type: Omni
Other Ports: Printer, Modem, Speaker,
Max Watts: 17
Amps: 2.00
BTU per Hr: 58.14
Voltage: 100-240
Freq Range: 50-60 Hz
Battery Type: PB1XX, NiCd
Soft Power: yes
Memory Video Memory
Logic Board: 4 MB
RAM Slots: 1, PB1xx
Min - Max RAM: 4 MB - 14 MB
Min RAM Speed: 85 ns
RAM Sizes: 2, 4, 10 MB
Install in Groups of: 1
Resolution Video Memory
built-in LCD screen
(built in)
Video Memory
512K VRAM (ext.)
(built in)
512 x 384 n/a-bit 8-bit
640 x 400 4-bit 8-bit
640 x 480 n/a-bit 8-bit
800 x 600 n/a-bit 8-bit
832 x 624 n/a-bit 8-bit
1024 x 768 n/a-bit n/a-bit
1152 x 870 n/a-bit n/a-bit
1280 x 1024 n/a-bit n/a-bit
Physical Software Storage
Introduced: 10/19/1992
Discontinued: 8/16/1993
Form Factor: PowerBook 140
Gestalt ID: 34
Weight (lbs): 6.8
Dimensions (in): 2.25 H x 11.25 W x 9.3 D
Addressing Modes: 24-, 32-bit
Orig SSW: 7.1
Orig Enabler: System Enabler 111
ROM ID: $067C
ROM Ver: n/a
ROM Size: 1MB
AppleTalk Ver: 57.0.4
Mac OS
Supported:
7.1
7.5
7.1.1 (Pro)
7.5.1
7.5.3
7.5.5
7.6
7.6.1
Floppy Size: 1.44MB
Floppy Inject: manual
Min. Int HD Size: 40-120MB
Int HD Interface: SCSI
Orig CD Speed n/a
Int CD Support: