PowerBook Buyer's Guide

PowerBook 3400c

by Steve Hildreth

The 3400c was the first truly fast PowerBook. It was also the first PowerBook to come with only a color active-matrix display. The 3400c was offered in 4 varieties; 180MHz (basemodel), 180MHz, 200MHz, and 240MHz. All but the very base-model 3400c/180 had an internal 33.6k modem. The very base model also had no internal CD-ROM drive. The 240MHz 603e processor made this portable faster than any other laptop in the world (at the time) and faster than many desktop systems. The 12.1 inch display is large, bright, and beautiful. For most people, this was the first PowerBook that could satisfactorily replace their desktop system. With the included Ethernet/33.6k combo card, the 3400c is versatile and a pleasure to use. The downside is that the processor is not upgradable, video out is for mirroring only, and it's particularly difficult to open and upgrade for the average user. I'd recommend this PowerBook to anyone looking for a fast and competent PowerBook able to do nearly anything in today's world.

Rating

At the time: A+

General

  • 180MHz, 200MHz, or 240MHz PowerPC 603e processor
  • 16MB RAM standard, maximum 144MB
  • 1.3GB (3400c/180), 2.0GB (3400c/200), or 3.0GB (3400c/240) hard drive
  • 256K L2 cache
  • 12x or 20x CD-ROM drive except one base model

Ports

  • 1 serial
  • ADB
  • audio in
  • audio out
  • video out
  • HDI-30 SCSI
  • IR
  • 1 expansion bay
  • 2 PC card slots


Display

  • Active-matrix 1000's of colors
  • 12.1"
  • 800x600 resolution


Weight

  • 7.1 pounds

Apple's Specifications:

PowerBook 3400c/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: 1
Ethernet: 10baseT
FireWire:
Mic Type: PlainTalk
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: 32 Wh Lithium Ion
Soft Power: yes
Memory Video Memory
Logic Board: 16 MB
RAM Slots: 1, PB 3400
Min - Max RAM: 16 MB - 144 MB
Min RAM Speed: 60 ns
RAM Sizes: 4-128 MB
Install in Groups of: 1
Notes: This system supports EDO RAM devices on its memory modules.
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: 2/17/1997
Discontinued: n/a
Form Factor: PowerBook 3400
Gestalt ID: 306
Weight (lbs): 7.2
Dimensions (in): 2.4 H x 11.5 W x 9.5 D
Addressing Modes: 32-bit
Orig SSW: 7.6
Orig Enabler: PowerBook 3400 Enabler
ROM ID: $077D
ROM Ver: $36
ROM Size: 4MB
AppleTalk Ver: 60.1.1
Mac OS
Supported:
7.6
7.6.1
8.0
Floppy Size: 1.44MB
Floppy Inject: manual
Min. Int HD Size: 3GB
Int HD Interface: ATA
Orig CD Speed 12x
Int CD Support: yes

PowerBook 3400c/200
     

Logic Board Ports Power
Processor: 603e, 200 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: 1
Ethernet: 10baseT
FireWire:
Mic Type: PlainTalk
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: 32 Wh Lithium Ion
Soft Power: yes
Memory Video Memory
Logic Board: 16 MB
RAM Slots: 1, PB 3400
Min - Max RAM: 16 MB - 144 MB
Min RAM Speed: 60 ns
RAM Sizes: 4-128 MB
Install in Groups of: 1
Notes: This system supports EDO RAM devices on its memory modules.
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: 2/17/1997
Discontinued: n/a
Form Factor: PowerBook 3400
Gestalt ID: 306
Weight (lbs): 7.2
Dimensions (in): 2.4 H x 11.5 W x 9.5 D
Addressing Modes: 32-bit
Orig SSW: 7.6
Orig Enabler: PowerBook 3400 Enabler
ROM ID: $077D
ROM Ver: $36
ROM Size: 4MB
AppleTalk Ver: 60.1.1
Mac OS
Supported:
7.6
7.6.1
8.0
Floppy Size: 1.44MB
Floppy Inject: manual
Min. Int HD Size: 2GB
Int HD Interface: ATA
Orig CD Speed 6x
Int CD Support: yes

PowerBook 3400c/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: none
SCSI: HDI-30
Geoports: 1
Ethernet: opt. 10baseT
FireWire:
Mic Type: PlainTalk
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: 32 Wh Lithium Ion
Soft Power: yes
Memory Video Memory
Logic Board: 16 MB
RAM Slots: 1, PB 3400
Min - Max RAM: 16 MB - 144 MB
Min RAM Speed: 60 ns
RAM Sizes: 4-128 MB
Install in Groups of: 1
Notes: This system supports EDO RAM devices on its memory modules.
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: 2/17/1997
Discontinued: n/a
Form Factor: PowerBook 3400
Gestalt ID: 306
Weight (lbs): 7.2
Dimensions (in): 2.4 H x 11.5 W x 9.5 D
Addressing Modes: 32-bit
Orig SSW: 7.6
Orig Enabler: PowerBook 3400 Enabler
ROM ID: $077D
ROM Ver: $36
ROM Size: 4MB
AppleTalk Ver: 60.1.1
Mac OS
Supported:
7.6
7.6.1
8.0
Floppy Size: 1.44MB
Floppy Inject: manual
Min. Int HD Size: 1.3GB
Int HD Interface: ATA
Orig CD Speed 6x
Int CD Support: yes