PowerBook Buyer's Guide

PowerBook 170

The 170 was the first PowerBook with an active-matrix display. Because of the display, the 'life' of this PowerBook has extended far beyond the others in its class. However, the lack of available memory means that this 'Book is only useful for basic applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and e-mail. Other than the display, the 170 is nearly identical to the 145B, with the exception that the 170 includes a math coprocessor for the first time. The 170 is a better buy than the 145B, but it is also much harder to find.

Rating:

At the time: B

Ports:
ADB
2 serial
audio in
audio out
HDI-30 SCSI
internal modem

Display:
Active-matrix black & white
10"
640x400 resolution

Weight: 6.8 pounds

Apple's Specifications:

Logic Board Ports Power
Processor: 68030, 25 MHz
PMMU: integrated
FPU: 68882
Data Path: 32-bit, 25 MHz
L1 Cache: 0.5K
L2 Cache: none
2nd Processor: none
Slots: modem
ADB: 1
Video: none
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: 2 MB
RAM Slots: 1, PB1xx
Min - Max RAM: 2 MB - 8 MB
Min RAM Speed: 100 ns
RAM Sizes: 2, 4, 6 MB
Install in Groups of: 1
Resolution Video Memory
built-in LCD screen
(built in)
512 x 384 n/a-bit
640 x 400 1-bit
640 x 480 n/a-bit
800 x 600 n/a-bit
832 x 624 n/a-bit
1024 x 768 n/a-bit
1152 x 870 n/a-bit
1280 x 1024 n/a-bit
Physical Software Storage
Introduced: 10/21/1991
Discontinued: 10/19/1992
Form Factor: PowerBook 140
Gestalt ID: 21
Weight (lbs): 6.8
Dimensions (in): 2.25 H x 11.25 W x 9.3 D
Addressing Modes: 24-, 32-bit
Orig SSW: 7.0.1
Orig Enabler: none
ROM ID: $067C
ROM Ver: n/a
ROM Size: 1MB
AppleTalk Ver: 56.0.2
Mac OS
Supported:
7.0.1
7.1
7.1.1 (Pro)
7.5
7.5.1
7.5.3
7.5.5
7.6
7.6.1
Floppy Size: 1.44MB
Floppy Inject: auto
Min. Int HD Size: 40-80MB
Int HD Interface: SCSI
Orig CD Speed n/a
Int CD Support: