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Launched alongside the [[PowerBook 100]] and [[PowerBook 140]], the PowerBook 170 was aimed at the very top end of the portable Macintosh market, a fact ably demonstrated by it's faster speed, better screen and higher price tag.
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|msrp=$4600 (US)
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Launched alongside the [[PowerBook 100]] and [[PowerBook 140]], the PowerBook 170 was aimed at the very top end of the portable Macintosh market; a fact ably demonstrated by its faster speed, better screen, and higher price tag.
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
The launch of the PowerBook 1XX series had shown the world that Apple could make a portable Macintosh that actually was portable (unlike the [[Macintosh Portable]] which, at 15.8 lbs, was anything but portable). Released in October 1991, the new series of machines were small,compact, lightweight and could actually be used 'on the road'. Available in three different flavours, the new PowerBook series had something for everyone with the [[PowerBook 100]] aimed at the buyer on a budget, the 140 filling the middle ground, and the 170 aimed at the high-end user.
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The launch of the PowerBook 1xx series had shown the world that Apple could make a portable [[Macintosh]] that actually was portable – unlike the [[Macintosh Portable]] which, at 15.8 lbs, was anything but. Released in October 1991, the new series of machines were small, compact, lightweight and could actually be used 'on the road'. Available in three different flavors, the new PowerBook series had something for everyone with the [[PowerBook 100]] aimed at the buyer on a budget, the 140 filling the middle ground, and the 170 geared towards the high-end user.
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The PowerBook 170 shared several things with its siblings, but whilst the similarities to the [[PowerBook 100]] were only slight (they didn't even share the same case), the semblances to the [[PowerBook 140]] were more obvious: Both incorporated an internal floppy drive (the [[PowerBook 100]] opted for an external drive); both used the same, slightly bulkier case; both had the same memory configuration and ceiling; and both used the 68030 CPU and a 9.8" black & white display. There, however, the similarities ended.
  
The PowerBook 170 shared several things with its siblings, but while the similarities to the PowerBook 100 were slight (they didn't even share the same case) the similarities to the PowerBook 140 were more obvious. Both incorporated an internal floppy drive (the PowerBook 100 opted for an external drive), both used the same slightly bulkier case, both had the same memory configuration and ceiling and both used the 68030 CPU and a 9.8" black&white display. There though the similarities ended.
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Whilst the 140 pushed its processor at 16 MHz, the 170 ran its 68030 at an impressive 25 MHz, which instantly gave it a speed boost. On top of this, it also included a dedicated floating point unit (FPU) in the shape of the ever-dependable Motorola 68882 – making it nearly twice as fast as the 140 in everyday use. The 170, though, wasn't just a speed demon, it also looked better through its use of an active-matrix screen, as opposed to the passive-matrix display used in the 140. Yes, it may have used more power, thus reducing battery life, but the screen was sharp, solid, and looked amazing. It and its other siblings, the 100,140, and itself, set the standard for laptop computers to this day.  
  
While the 140 pushed its processor at 16MHz, the 170 ran its 68030 at an impressive 25MHz which instantly gave it a speed boost. On top of this it also included a dedicated floating point unit (FPU) in the shape of the ever-dependable Motorola 68882 (making it nearly twice as fast as the 140 in everyday use). The 170 though wasn't just a speed demon as it also looked better through its use of an active-matrix screen (as opposed to the passive-matrix display used in the 140). Yes it may have used more power (reducing the battery life) but the screen was sharp, solid and looked amazing.
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Eventually phased out in October 1992, the 170 did briefly re-appear in 1994 in a special edition 'white' version and, later still, in an extremely rare multi-colour guise for the JLPGA (Japan Ladies' Professional Golf Association).  
  
Eventually phased out in October 1992, the 170 did briefly re-appear in 1994 in a special edition 'white' version and, later still, in a multi-colour guise for the Japanese market.
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==Issues==
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The PowerBook 170 has its hard disk driver in ROM. This makes upgrading its hard disk practically impossible.
  
 
== Full Specifications ==
 
== Full Specifications ==
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|series=PowerBook 1xx
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|cpu-speed=25 MHz
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|cpu-type=Motorola MC68030
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|fpu-type=Motorola 68882
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|ram-type=Pseudostatic RAM
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|ram-max-apple=8 MiB
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|slots-pds=
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|born-month=October 21
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|born-year=1991
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|died-month=October 19
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|died-year=1992
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|msrp=$4600 (US)
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|rom=1 MiB
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|bus=25 MHz
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|data-path=32-bit
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|ram-speed=100 ns
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|ram-std=2 MiB
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|ram-onboard=None
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|ram-slots=1
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|cache=½ KiB (L1)
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|ports-adb=1
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|ports-serial=2
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|ports-scsi=1 (HDI-30)
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|ports-ethernet=
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|ports-modem=
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|audio-in=Mini-jack
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|audio-out=8-bit stereo 22 KHz (mini-jack)
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|speaker=Mono
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|mic=
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|hd-std=20 MiB - 80 MiB
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|hd-type=SCSI
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|floppy=One 3.5" 1.44 MiB SuperDrive
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|display=Internal 9.8" B&W active-matrix LCD
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|resolution=640×400 (1-bit)
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|model-no=M5409
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|codename=Road Warrior, Tim
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|gestalt=21
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|power=NiCad, 2.5 Ah
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|case-style=[[Macintosh PowerBook 140|PowerBook 140]]
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|width=11.25"
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|depth=9.3"
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|height=2.25"
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|weight=6.8 lbs.
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* '''CPU:''' 25MHz Motorola 68030<br>
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== More Information ==
* '''FPU:''' 25MHz Motorola 68882<br>
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*[http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/powerbook/stats/mac_powerbook170.html EveryMac.com]
* '''ROM:''' 1Mb<br>
 
* '''RAM:''' 2Mb - 8Mb<br>
 
* '''Display:''' Internal 9.8" b&w active-matrix LCD<br>
 
* '''Resolution:''' 640x400 pixels<br>
 
* '''Audio:''' 8-bit 22KHz stereo<br>
 
* '''Floppy:''' 1x1.44Mb <br>
 
* '''Hard drive:''' 20-40Mb<br>
 
* '''Drive bay(s):''' 1x2.5" third-height<br>
 
* '''Size (HxWxD):''' 2.25" x 11.25" x 9.3"<br>
 
* '''Weight:''' 6.8 lb<br>
 
* '''Gestalt ID:''' 21<br>
 
* '''Addressing:''' 32 bit<br>
 
* '''Battery:''' NiCad, 2.5 Ah<br>
 
* '''Expansion slots:''' Proprietory modem slot<br>
 
* '''Ports:''' 2xSerial, SCSI(HDI-30), 1xADB, Audio(out), Audio(in)<br>
 
* '''Introduced:''' 21/10/1991 <br>
 
* '''Retired:''' 19/10/1992 <br>
 
* '''Cost:''' $4600 <br>
 
* '''System:''' Mac OS 7.0.1 - 7.6.1 <br>
 
* '''Code name(s):''' Road Warrior, Tim <br>
 
* '''Upgrade path:''' None <br>
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 01:47, 28 June 2009

Pb170hires.JPG
Macintosh PowerBook 170
CPU: 25 MHz Motorola MC68030
FPU:Motorola 68882
RAM Type:Pseudostatic RAM
Maximum RAM: 8 MiB
Supported OS: System 7.0.1 - Mac OS 7.6.1
Introduced:October 21 1991
Discontinued:October 19 1992
MSRP:$4600 (US)
Full Specifications


Launched alongside the PowerBook 100 and PowerBook 140, the PowerBook 170 was aimed at the very top end of the portable Macintosh market; a fact ably demonstrated by its faster speed, better screen, and higher price tag.

History

The launch of the PowerBook 1xx series had shown the world that Apple could make a portable Macintosh that actually was portable – unlike the Macintosh Portable which, at 15.8 lbs, was anything but. Released in October 1991, the new series of machines were small, compact, lightweight and could actually be used 'on the road'. Available in three different flavors, the new PowerBook series had something for everyone with the PowerBook 100 aimed at the buyer on a budget, the 140 filling the middle ground, and the 170 geared towards the high-end user.

The PowerBook 170 shared several things with its siblings, but whilst the similarities to the PowerBook 100 were only slight (they didn't even share the same case), the semblances to the PowerBook 140 were more obvious: Both incorporated an internal floppy drive (the PowerBook 100 opted for an external drive); both used the same, slightly bulkier case; both had the same memory configuration and ceiling; and both used the 68030 CPU and a 9.8" black & white display. There, however, the similarities ended.

Whilst the 140 pushed its processor at 16 MHz, the 170 ran its 68030 at an impressive 25 MHz, which instantly gave it a speed boost. On top of this, it also included a dedicated floating point unit (FPU) in the shape of the ever-dependable Motorola 68882 – making it nearly twice as fast as the 140 in everyday use. The 170, though, wasn't just a speed demon, it also looked better through its use of an active-matrix screen, as opposed to the passive-matrix display used in the 140. Yes, it may have used more power, thus reducing battery life, but the screen was sharp, solid, and looked amazing. It and its other siblings, the 100,140, and itself, set the standard for laptop computers to this day.

Eventually phased out in October 1992, the 170 did briefly re-appear in 1994 in a special edition 'white' version and, later still, in an extremely rare multi-colour guise for the JLPGA (Japan Ladies' Professional Golf Association).

Issues

The PowerBook 170 has its hard disk driver in ROM. This makes upgrading its hard disk practically impossible.

Full Specifications

  • General
    • CPU: 25 MHz Motorola MC68030
    • FPU: Motorola 68882
    • ROM: 1 MiB
    • Bus Speed: 25 MHz
    • Data Path: 32-bit
    • RAM Type: Pseudostatic RAM (100 ns)
    • Standard RAM: 2 MiB
    • RAM Onboard: None
    • RAM Slots: 1
    • Maximum RAM: 8 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: 20 MiB - 80 MiB
    • Hard Drive Type: SCSI
    • Floppy Drive: One 3.5" 1.44 MiB SuperDrive
  • Video
    • Built-in Display: Internal 9.8" B&W active-matrix LCD
    • Max Resolution: 640×400 (1-bit)
  • Miscellaneous
    • Apple Model Number: M5409
    • Codename: Road Warrior, Tim
    • Gestalt ID: 21
    • 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 7.0.1 - Mac OS 7.6.1
    • Introduced: October 21 1991
    • Introduced: October 19 1992
    • MSRP: $4600 (US)

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