PowerBook Buyer's Guide

PowerBook 190cs

by Steve Hildreth

The 190cs is the passive-matrix color version of the 190. Otherwise they are identical. The color screen is heavier (by 0.5 lbs.), draws more power from the battery, and is marginally more expensive. For the road warrior who demands light weight and doesn't mind working in grayscale, the 190 may be the better choice. But for working with graphics or playing games on the road, the 190cs is the model to get. Used 190cs' are offered at reasonable prices, and adding options such as a PowerPC processor, more RAM, a video-out card makes this a reasonably powerful machine at a modest price.


At the time: B

1 serial
audio out
1 expansion bay
2 PC card slots

Passive-matrix 256 colors
640x400 resolution

6.4 pounds

Apple's Specifications:

Logic Board Ports Power
Processor: 68LC040, 66 MHz
PMMU: integrated
FPU: none
Data Path: 32-bit, 33 MHz
L1 Cache: 8K
L2 Cache: none
2nd Processor: none
Slots: 2 Type II PC Card (1 Type III)
ADB: 1
Video: opt. mini-15
Floppy: none
Geoports: none
Ethernet: none
Mic Type: none
Other Ports: Printer, Speaker,
Max Watts: 45
Amps: 1.88
BTU per Hr: 153.9
Voltage: 100-240
Freq Range: 50-60 Hz
Battery Type: PB190, NiMH
Soft Power: yes
Memory Video Memory
Logic Board: 4, 8 MB
RAM Slots: 1, PB53xx
Min - Max RAM: 4 MB - 36, 40 MB
Min RAM Speed: 70 ns
RAM Sizes: 4-32 MB
Install in Groups of: 1
Resolution Video Memory
built-in LCD screen
(built in)
512 x 384 n/a-bit
640 x 400 n/a-bit
640 x 480 8-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: 8/28/1995
Discontinued: n/a
Form Factor: PowerBook 5300
Gestalt ID: 122
Weight (lbs): 6.3
Dimensions (in): 2.2 H x 11.5 W x 8.5 D
Addressing Modes: 32-bit
Orig SSW: 7.5.2
Orig Enabler: PowerBook 5300/190 Enabler v1.1
ROM ID: $077D
ROM Ver: $2B
ROM Size: 2MB
AppleTalk Ver: 58.1.6
Mac OS
Floppy Size: 1.44MB
Floppy Inject: manual
Min. Int HD Size: 500MB
Int HD Interface: IDE
Orig CD Speed n/a
Int CD Support: