PowerBook Buyer's Guide

PowerBook 180

The 180 is one of the more robust 100-series PowerBooks, with a 33 MHz 68030 processor and bright 16-level grayscale active-matrix display. The only difference between the 165-series and 180-series is the active-matrix display. Otherwise, the models are identical. Many people take advantage of the video out port and work in grayscale while on the road, then plug into a monitor when at home or at the office. The 180 can drive a 16 inch monitor in 256 colors. You'll probably find that many people still use their 180's under system 7.1 or 7.5 because of its nice active-matrix screen. The grayscale screen is nice for word processing, spreadsheets, and e-mail, but you'll want a color screen for graphics, games, and presentations.

PB 180


At the time: B+

2 serial
video out
audio out
audio in
internal modem

Active-matrix 4-bit 16-level grayscale
640x400 resolution

Weight: 6.8 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: 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, 6, 8, 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 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: 5/1/1994
Form Factor: PowerBook 140
Gestalt ID: 33
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
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: