One of the rarest Apple Macintosh computers is the PowerBook 550c. Introduced in May 1995 a year after the PowerBook 540c, the 550c was sold only in Japan. It’s case was black, rather than the gray color seen on other PowerBook 5xx models and featured an active matrix, 640×480, 10.4″ color display which was a full 1″ larger than a 540c display.
The PowerBook 550c came with a Japanese keyboard layout, minimum 12mb RAM, and larger 750mb hard drive. With its attached FPU, the CPU was a regular 33MHz 68040 PowerPC chip that was almost twice as fast as the 540 68LC040 CPUs in mathematical calculations and graphics.
The PowerBook 550c is very rare today, and working models are very hard to find. Every now and then a 550c will pop up on a classifieds board or eBay, sometimes fetching thousands of dollars. They’re now an investment and will increase in value as time passes.
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Ports: 1 serial, ADB, audio out, audio in, video out, Ethernet, internal modem, 1 PDS slot, HDI-30 SCSI