PowerBook Buyer's Guide

PowerBook 2400c

by Steve Hildreth

The 2400c was the modern interpretation of the Duo. One of the biggest differences between the 2400c and Duo 2300c was that the newer model included most of the standard Mac ports, doing away with the need to plug into a dock when at home. In fact, there was no docking option with the 2400c. The 2400c retained the light weight of the Duos (4.3 lbs.) and added a beautiful Super VGA 10.4 inch active-matrix screen, more RAM, a larger hard drive, and a speedy 180 MHz 603e PowerPC processor. The downside was a small and cramped keyboard that was 87% of standard size. Some folks complained about this, others didn't seem to mind. It would probably be a good idea to try out this keyboard before committing to it. The 10.4 inch screen, while good enough to get the job done with a minimum amount of eyestrain, is really too small when compared with the pervasive 12.1 inch screens available in the lightweight PC world. For those who demand a powerful and versatile lightweight portable, this is the only way to go. The available G3 upgrades made the 2400c a truly fast machine.


Rating

At the time: A

General

  • 180MHz or 240MHz (Japan) PowerPC 603e processor
  • 16MB RAM standard, maximum 80MB
  • 1.3 or 2.1GB hard drive
  • 256K L2 cache
  • No CD-ROM drive
  • External floppy drive

Ports

  • ADB
  • HDI-30 SCSI
  • 1 serial
  • audio in
  • audio out
  • video out
  • IR
  • 2 PC Card slots
  • external floppy drive port


Display

  • Active-matrix 1000s colors
  • 10.4"
  • 800x600 resolution


Weight

  • 4.3 pounds

Apple's Specifications:

PowerBook 2400c/240
     

Logic Board Ports Power
Processor: 603e, 240 MHz
PMMU: integrated
FPU: integrated
Data Path: 64-bit, 40 MHz
L1 Cache: 32K
L2 Cache: 256K
2nd Processor: none
Slots: 2 Type II PC Card (1 Type III)
ADB: 1
Video: HDI-15
Floppy: none
SCSI: HDI-30
Geoports: none
Ethernet: none
FireWire:
Mic Type: n/a
Other Ports: Printer, Speaker,
Max Watts: 45
Amps: 1.875
BTU per Hr: 153.9
Voltage: 100-220
Freq Range: 50-60 Hz
Battery Type: 29 Wh Lithium Ion
Soft Power: yes
Memory Video Memory
Logic Board: 16 MB
RAM Slots: 1, SO-DIMM
Min - Max RAM: 16 MB - 80 M B
Min RAM Speed: n/a
RAM Sizes: n/a
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 n/a-bit
800 x 600 16-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: 4/7/1998
Discontinued: n/a
Form Factor: PowerBook 2400
Gestalt ID: n/a
Weight (lbs): 4.4
Dimensions (in): 1.9 H x 10.5 W x 10.5 D
Addressing Modes: 32-bit
Orig SSW: 8.1J
Orig Enabler: none
ROM ID: n/a
ROM Ver: n/a
ROM Size: 4MB
AppleTalk Ver: n/a
Mac OS
Supported:
7.6
7.6.1
8.1
Floppy Size: none
Floppy Inject:
Min. Int HD Size: 2.0 GB
Int HD Interface: ATA
Orig CD Speed n/a
Int CD Support:

PowerBook 2400c/180
     

Logic Board Ports Power
Processor: 603e, 180 MHz
PMMU: integrated
FPU: integrated
Data Path: 64-bit, 40 MHz
L1 Cache: 32K
L2 Cache: 256K
2nd Processor: none
Slots: 2 Type II PC Card (1 Type III)
ADB: 1
Video: HDI-15
Floppy: n/a
SCSI: HDI-30
Geoports: none
Ethernet: none
FireWire:
Mic Type: n/a
Other Ports: Printer, Speaker,
Max Watts: 45
Amps: 1.875
BTU per Hr: 153.9
Voltage: 100-220
Freq Range: 50-60 Hz
Battery Type: 29 Wh Lithium Ion
Soft Power: yes
Memory Video Memory
Logic Board: 16 MB
RAM Slots: 1, SO DIMM
Min - Max RAM: 16 MB - 48 MB
Min RAM Speed: n/a
RAM Sizes: n/a
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 n/a-bit
800 x 600 16-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: 5/8/1997
Discontinued: n/a
Form Factor: PowerBook 2400
Gestalt ID: 307
Weight (lbs): 4.4
Dimensions (in): 1.9 H x 10.5 W x 10.5 D
Addressing Modes: 32-bit
Orig SSW: 7.6.1
Orig Enabler: none
ROM ID: $077D
ROM Ver: n/a
ROM Size: 4MB
AppleTalk Ver: n/a
Mac OS
Supported:
7.6
7.6.1
8.0
Floppy Size: none
Floppy Inject: manual
Min. Int HD Size: 1.3GB
Int HD Interface: ATA
Orig CD Speed n/a
Int CD Support: