Macintosh PowerBook 165

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Macintosh PowerBook 165
CPU: 33 MHz Motorola MC68030
RAM Type:Pseudostatic RAM
Maximum RAM: 14 MiB
Supported OS: System 7.1 - Mac OS 7.6.1
Introduced:August 16 1993
Discontinued:July 18 1994
MSRP:$1700 (165), $3400 (165c) (US)
Full Specifications


Replacement to the PowerBook 160 that offered very little in the way of extras...except for colour, of course!

History

The PowerBook line may have burst onto the I.T. scene and showed that Apple actually were capable of creating a Mac that was genuinely portable – unlike the poorly named Macintosh Portable – but the follow up machines, in the guise of the PowerBook 145, PowerBook 145B and PowerBook 150, had brought very little that was new to the series, aside from speed increases and bigger hard drives. The PowerBook 165 looked to be very much more of the same, being nothing more than a PowerBook 160 running at 33 MHz, instead of 25 MHz – this change aside, the two machines were identical. The big news came in the shape of the 165c.

Sporting the first passive matrix colour display seen on a PowerBook machine, the 165c allowed users to display up to 256 colours not only externally, like the PowerBook 150, but also internally. Users had been waiting for a colour Mac laptop for a long time and this was the 165c's major selling point; sadly, the 165c wasn't without its problems.

Although all the PowerBooks to date had used a double VRAM system for speed, the 165c used a single DRAM solution instead. To the non-technically minded this meant nothing, but as soon as they tried to actually use the machine, the effects became all too obvious. Screen redraws became arduous and actually made the whole machine feel sluggish. Worse still, the passive matrix panel could not only look awful – such was the nature of passive matrix displays – but also slashed battery life down to a pitiful one hour; hardly a machine you could take out on the road all day.

Full Specifications

  • General
    • CPU: 33 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: 80 MiB - 120 MiB
    • Hard Drive Type: SCSI
    • Floppy Drive: One 3.5" 1.44 MiB SuperDrive
  • Video
    • Built-in Display: Internal 9.8" 4-bit 640×400 passive matrix (165) / 8.9" 8-bit 640×400 colour passive matrix (165c)
    • Max Resolution: 640×400 (4-bit) (165) / 640×400 (8-bit) (165c)
    • Standard VRAM: 512 KiB
    • VRAM Onboard: 512 KiB
    • VRAM Slots: 0
    • Maximum VRAM: 512 KiB
  • Miscellaneous
    • Codename: Dart LC (165) / Monet (165c)
    • Gestalt ID: 85 (165) / 50 (165c)
    • 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. (165), 7 lbs. (165c)
    • Mac OS Support: System 7.1 - Mac OS 7.6.1
    • Introduced: August 16 1993
    • Introduced: July 18 1994
    • MSRP: $1700 (165), $3400 (165c) (US)

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