PowerBook Buyer's Guide

PowerBook 5300ce

The 5300ce was the top of the line 5300-series. It shipped with 32 MB of RAM, a 1.1 GB hard drive, and a 117 MHz PowerPC processor (the same one used in the next-generation 1400/117). In addition, its screen displayed Super VGA resolution instead of the 5300c's 640x480 pixel resolution, and its 1 MB of VRAM let it display Super VGA resolution on an external monitor. This was clearly a more powerful 'Book than the other 5300's, but its very steep admission price kept all but the most hard core users away. On the used market, this top of the line 5300 can be had for nearly the same price as used 1400's, making the justification for its purchase difficult.


At the time: B+


  • 117-MHz PowerPC 603e
  • No L2 cache
  • 32MB of RAM, expandable to 64MB
  • Built-in removable Apple SuperDrive 1.4MB floppy disk drive
  • Internal 1.1GB hard disk drive
  • No CD-ROM drive


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


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


  • 6.4 pounds


  • Nickel-metal-hydride battery provides 2.5 to 4.5 hours of use before recharge
  • Battery recharges in 2.5 hours while computer is shut down, in sleep mode, or running


  • 16-bit, CD-quality stereo sound capable of driving headphones or external speakers
  • Built-in speaker and integrated microphone
  • Digital-to-analog conversion sampled at 44.1,22.05, or 11.025 kHz
  • 16 bit, audio line-in for recording

Video output

  • 8-bit video output port to support external color displays--compatible with most Apple, VGA, and SVGA monitors (upgradable to greater bit depths through third-party solutions)


  • Height: 2.2 in. (5.6 cm)
  • Width: 11.5 in. (29.2 cm)
  • Depth: 8.5 in. (21.6 cm)

Apple's Specifications:

Logic Board Ports Power
Processor: 603e, 117 MHz
PMMU: integrated
FPU: integrated
Data Path: 64-bit, 33.3 MHz
L1 Cache: 32K
L2 Cache: none
2nd Processor: none
Slots: 2 Type II PC Card (1 Type III)
ADB: 1
Video: mini-15
Floppy: none
Geoports: none
Ethernet: none
Mic Type: Line in
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: PB5300, NiMH
Soft Power: yes
Memory Video Memory
Logic Board: 16 MB
RAM Slots: 1, PB53xx
Min - Max RAM: 32 MB - 64 MB
Min RAM Speed: 70 ns
RAM Sizes: 8-64 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 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: 8/25/1995
Discontinued: n/a
Form Factor: PowerBook 5300
Gestalt ID: 128
Weight (lbs): 6.2
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 Enabler
ROM ID: $077D
ROM Ver: $27
ROM Size: 4MB
AppleTalk Ver: 58.1.6
Mac OS
Floppy Size: 1.44MB
Floppy Inject: manual
Min. Int HD Size: 1.1GB
Int HD Interface: IDE
Orig CD Speed n/a
Int CD Support: