PowerBook Buyer's Guide

PowerBook 190

by Steve Hildreth

The 190-series was introduced at the same time as the 5300-series PowerBooks and was marketed as a low-end PowerBook for those whose pockets weren't quite as deep as others. This was the last PowerBook with a 68040 processor running at 33 MHz. The 190 had less RAM than the 5300, no IR transceiver, no video-out port, and no audio-in port. In addition, no active-matrix screen was offered, and the battery was the old standard NiMH type. Nevertheless, it featured a better enhanced trackpad that allowed double-clicking for the first time, and many of the features listed above were available as an option. The processor is upgradable to a PowerPC processor. The 190 is the grayscale version, meaning that it's lighter weight and draws less juice from the battery. Outside of price, those are the only two reasons to select it over the 190cs.


At the time: B-

1 serial
audio out
1 expansion bay
2 PC card slots

Passive-matrix 16-level grayscale
640x400 resolution

5.9 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 4-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: 6/15/1996
Form Factor: PowerBook 5300
Gestalt ID: 122
Weight (lbs): 6
Dimensions (in): 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: