PowerBook Buyer's Guide

PowerBook 165c

The 165c was the very first color PowerBook. Otherwise identical to the 165, it has a 9" passive-matrix 256 color display. The display tends to wash out in direct sunlight, but under artificial lighting, it proves to be quite nice, if a bit small. The display is great for working in color while on the road or for playing games, but the display is not that bright and does not allow for a wide viewing angle. It's a little heavier than the other PowerBooks in its class, and it's 0.4 inches thicker. At the time, this 'Book had everything a PowerBook could offer, from a color display and 33 MHz 68030 processor to a full array of ports.


At the time: B

2 serial
video out
audio out
audio in
internal modem

Passive-matrix 8-bit 256 colors
640x400 resolution

Weight: 7 pounds

Apple's Specifications:

Logic Board Ports Power
Processor: 68030, 33 MHz
PMMU: integrated
FPU: 68882
Data Path: 32-bit, 33 MHz
L1 Cache: 0.5K
L2 Cache: none
2nd Processor: none
Slots: modem
ADB: 1
Video: mini-15
Floppy: none
Geoports: none
Ethernet: none
Mic Type: Omni
Other Ports: Printer, Modem, Speaker,
Max Watts: 24
Amps: 3.20
BTU per Hr: 82.08
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
128K static (LCD only)
(built in)
Video Memory
512K VRAM (ext. only)
(built in)
512 x 384 n/a-bit 8-bit
640 x 400 8-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: 2/10/1993
Discontinued: 12/1/1993
Form Factor: PowerBook 140
Gestalt ID: 50
Weight (lbs): 7
Dimensions (in): 2.29 H x 11.25 W x 9.3 D
Addressing Modes: 24-, 32-bit
Orig SSW: 7.1
Orig Enabler: System Enabler 121
ROM ID: $067C
ROM Ver: n/a
ROM Size: 1MB
AppleTalk Ver: 57.0.4
Mac OS
7.1.1 (Pro)
Floppy Size: 1.44MB
Floppy Inject: manual
Min. Int HD Size: 80-120MB
Int HD Interface: SCSI
Orig CD Speed n/a
Int CD Support: