Macintosh PowerBook 160

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Macintosh PowerBook 160
CPU: 25 MHz Motorola MC68030
RAM Type:Pseudostatic RAM
Maximum RAM: 14 MiB
Supported OS: System 7.1 - Mac OS 7.6.1
Introduced:October 19 1992
Discontinued:August 16 1993
MSRP:$2530 (US)
Full Specifications


A higher priced version of the PowerBook 145 that introduced several extra features including SCSI Disk Mode, external video, and a 4 bit (16 greys) display.

History

While the PowerBook 145 was seen as the 'economy' machine, the release of the PowerBook 160 shortly afterwards reminded users that more bucks equalled more bang, as, despite both machines running the Motorola 68030 at the same speed (25 MHz), the 160 brought several new bags of tricks to the PowerBook party.

The 145 was a good machine, but it suffered from many of the 'problems' found in the rest of the PowerBook 1xx series. The most obvious of these was that of memory; whilst not exactly setting the world alight in terms of expansion, the 160 did allow users to go beyond the 8 MiB limit, previously imposed by the 145, and expand all the way up to 14 MiB. It was hardly earth-shattering, but useful for those users who needed just that little bit more. Elsewhere, the 160 re-introduced SCSI Disk Mode along with the PowerBook 180 (the first two PowerBooks since the PowerBook 100 to offer it) allowing users to treat their laptop as an external hard drive when hooked up to another Mac.

The biggest leap forward, however, was the video system. Not only did the 160 have a display that went beyond the pure black and white displays seen so far, by having the capability to display up to 16 shades of gray, it also sported an external video connector, enabling it to display a maximum of 256 colours on an external monitor, at resolutions up to 832×624).

What the 160 offered may not have been ground-breaking or radical, but for $300 over the cost of the PowerBook 145, it was a bargain nonetheless.

Full Specifications

  • General
    • CPU: 25 MHz Motorola MC68030
    • ROM: 1 MiB
    • Bus Speed: 25 MHz
    • Data Path: 32-bit
    • RAM Type: Pseudostatic RAM (85 ns)
    • Standard RAM: 4 MiB
    • RAM Onboard: 4 MiB
    • RAM Slots: 1
    • Maximum RAM: 14 MiB
    • Cache: ½ KiB (L1)
  • I/O & Expansion
    • ADB: 1
    • Serial: 2
    • SCSI: 1 (HDI-30)
    • Audio In: Mini-jack
    • Audio Out: 8-bit stereo 22 KHz (mini-jack)
    • Built-in Speaker: Mono
  • Storage
    • Hard Drive: 40 MiB - 120 MiB
    • Hard Drive Type: SCSI
    • Floppy Drive: One 3.5" 1.44 MiB SuperDrive
  • Video
    • Built-in Display: Internal 9.8" B&W passive-matrix LCD
    • Max Resolution: 640×400 (4-bit)
    • Standard VRAM: 512 KiB
    • VRAM Onboard: 512 KiB
    • VRAM Slots: 0
    • Maximum VRAM: 512 KiB
  • Miscellaneous
    • Codename: Brooks
    • Gestalt ID: 34
    • Power: NiCad, 2.5 Ah
    • Case Style: PowerBook 140
    • Dimensions: 11.25" x 9.3" x 2.25" (W x D x H)
    • Weight: 6.8 lbs.
    • Mac OS Support: System 7.1 - Mac OS 7.6.1
    • Introduced: October 19 1992
    • Introduced: August 16 1993
    • MSRP: $2530 (US)

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