PowerBook Buyer's Guide

PowerBook 5300c

The 5300c is identical to the 5300cs with the exception of its nice active-matrix display. At 10.4 inches, it's nearly a full inch larger than the one in the 540c and nice for multimedia presentations, and the 5300c outperforms the 540c by 25%. In addition, the 5300-series were the first 'Books to offer users a wide range of capabilities, including 2 PC Card slots, an expansion bay, IR capabilities, user-installable RAM, lithium-ion batteries, and an improved trackpad. The 5300c was a decent buy, even if the 100MHz processor was a little slow for its time. On the used market, the 5300c is holding its price nicely. Unfortunately, a used 1400c/117 can be had for nearly the same price, and the 1400 is a vastly superior machine.


At the time: B

1 serial
audio in
audio out
video out
1 expansion bay
2 PC card slots

Active-matrix 1000s of colors
640x480 resolution

6.2 pounds

Apple's Specifications:

Logic Board Ports Power
Processor: 603e, 100 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: 8, 16 MB
RAM Slots: 1, PB53xx
Min - Max RAM: 8 MB - 64 MB
Min RAM Speed: 70 ns
RAM Sizes: 8-64 MB
Install in Groups of: 1
Resolution Video Memory
built-in LCD (512K VRAM)
(built in)
Video Memory
built-in LCD (1MB VRAM)
512 x 384 n/a-bit n/a-bit
640 x 400 n/a-bit n/a-bit
640 x 480 8-bit 16-bit
800 x 600 n/a-bit n/a-bit
832 x 624 n/a-bit n/a-bit
1024 x 768 n/a-bit n/a-bit
1152 x 870 n/a-bit n/a-bit
1280 x 1024 n/a-bit 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: 500-750MB
Int HD Interface: IDE
Orig CD Speed n/a
Int CD Support: