Macintosh PowerBook 180

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Macintosh PowerBook 180
CPU: 33 MHz Motorola MC68030
FPU:Motorola 68882
RAM Type:Pseudostatic RAM
Maximum RAM: 14 MiB
Supported OS: System 7.1 - Mac OS 7.6.1
Introduced:October 19 1992
Discontinued:May 1 1994
MSRP:$4110 (180), $4160 (180c) (US)
Full Specifications


Released in 1992 alongside the PowerBook 160, the PowerBook 180 was not only the direct replacement for the ageing PowerBook 170, but was the flagship machine in the PowerBook 1xx series.

History

When the PowerBook series had first been released, buyers had been presented with three options: The 'economy' PowerBook 100, the mid-range PowerBook 140, or the high-end PowerBook 170. The economy machines had already received a makeover in the shape of the PowerBook 145, now it was the turn of the mid-range machines and the high-end machines. While the new PowerBook 160 was aimed squarely at the mid-range market, the high-end market found itself with the crème de la crème: the PowerBook 180.

The PowerBook 1xx series had been very much a winning formula, and Apple were more than happy to stick with that formula. In the 180, the company not only made sure that the all important 68030/68882 processor combination was firmly in place, but ramped both chips up to a blazing 33 MHz. Elsewhere, the 180 allowed users to expand memory up to 14 MiB (rather than the 8 MiB imposed by every other PowerBook 1xx machine except the PowerBook 160 (at the time); sported a 4-bit (16 shades of grey) active matrix display running at 640×400 resolution; and likewise with the PowerBook 160, re-introduced SCSI Disk Mode – not seen since the PowerBook 100; and had an external video connection to driva many common video resolutions, even in colour.

If the 180 had stopped there, then users would have had plenty to shout about, but Apple had one more trick up its sleeve: Colour. Released 8 months after the original 180, the 180c did everything that its predecessor could do, but with the added bonus of a colour screen, running at – a more standard – 640×480 resolution. Even here, the 180 series proved why it was the 'high-end' machine as, unlike the 165c's passive matrix display, the 180c used an active-matrix display that looked truly stunning and didn't suffer from the problems of the cheaper passive matrix panel. All of this should have cost buyers big time, but falling prices meant that, despite sporting colour, the 180c only cost $50 more than the greyscale version.

A real powerhouse of a machine, the 180 (with either greyscale or colour displays) was everything that even the most demanding of users could ask for. It was fast, it looked great and it really did justify its relatively high price tag.

Full Specifications

  • General
    • CPU: 33 MHz Motorola MC68030
    • FPU: Motorola 68882
    • ROM: 1 MiB
    • Bus Speed: 33 MHz
    • Data Path: 32-bit
    • RAM Type: Pseudostatic RAM (85 ns)
    • Standard RAM: 4 MiB
    • RAM Onboard: 4 MiB
    • RAM Slots: 1
    • Maximum RAM(Apple): 14 MiB (4 MB soldered onto processor board)
    • Maximum RAM(Actual): 14 MiB
    • Cache: ½ KiB (L1)
  • I/O & Expansion
    • ADB: 1
    • Serial: 2
    • SCSI: 1 (HDI-30)
    • Ethernet: (no ethernet port present, third party upgrade: SCSI-Ethernet adaptor)
    • Modem: 1 internal modem slot (external serial modem port disabled when internal modem is present)
    • Audio In: Mini-jack
    • Audio Out: 8-bit stereo 22 KHz (mini-jack)
    • Built-in Speaker: Mono
    • Built-in Microphone: Mono
  • Storage
    • Hard Drive: 80 MiB - 120 MiB (third party hdd upgrades up to 1 GB)
    • Hard Drive Type: 2.5" SCSI
    • Floppy Drive: One 3.5" 1.44 MiB SuperDrive
  • Video
    • Built-in Display: 9.8" 4-bit 640×400 active matrix (180) / 8.4" 8-bit 640×480 colour active matrix (180c)
    • Max Resolution: 640×400 (4-bit) (180) / 640×480 (8-bit) (180c)
    • Standard VRAM: 512 KiB
    • VRAM Onboard: 512 KiB
    • VRAM Slots: 0
    • Maximum VRAM: 512 KiB
    • Video Out: VID-14 connector, supports 512×384 8-bit, 640×480 8-bit, 640×480 8-bit, 800×600 8-bit, 640×870 4-bit, 832×624 8-bit
  • Miscellaneous
    • Codename: Converse, Dartanian (180) / Hokusai (180c)
    • Gestalt ID: 33 (180) / 71 (180c)
    • 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 lb (180) / 7.1 lb (180c)
    • Mac OS Support: System 7.1 - Mac OS 7.6.1
    • Introduced: October 19 1992
    • Introduced: May 1 1994
    • MSRP: $4110 (180), $4160 (180c) (US)
    • Startup Chime: Fileicon-mp3-small.png Play (File Info)

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