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Macintosh PowerBook G3 Series

The Macintosh PowerBook G3 Series was an updated series of G3 notebooks based on the original PowerPC based notebook. It was available with three clock speeds (233, 250, and 292 MHz) and with three different screens (12.1, 13.3 and 14.1 inch screens). Launched in 1998, it went by the codename “Wallstreet” and was highly configurable with prices starting at US$2100.

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Macintosh PowerBook 520

The PowerBook 520, part of the 500 series of notebooks which was the first to use a trackpad, was launched in 1994 with a retail price of $2,200. It sported a 25Mhz 68LC040 processor and 4Mb of RAM, expandable to 36 using a special 100ns pseudostatic RAM card. The 500 series were also the first notebooks by Apple to include stereo speakers, and to automatically sleep when the lid was closed.

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Macintosh PowerBook 180

The PowerBook 180, released in 1992, replaced the PowerBook 170 with a more powerful 44Mhz 68030 processor. The PowerBook 180 shipped with a 9.5″ active matrix LCD, 4-bit grayscale screen, 1.44Mb floppy and an internal 80Mb hard drive.

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Macintosh PowerBook 165

The Macintosh PowerBook 165 was a black and white version of the PowerBook 165c. It was launched in 1993 and retailed for just under US$2,000. It sported a 33 Mhz 68030 processor, 4Mb RAM (expandable to 14Mb), 9.8″ 4-bit 640 x 400 passive matrix screen, SCSI HDI30 connector, 80 or 160 MB hard drive, and weighed 6.8lb.

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Macintosh PowerBook 1400cs

The PowerBook 1400cs, part of the PowerBook 1400 family, was the first CD-ROM equipped notebook. The 1400cs sported a dual-scan passive matrix technology but lacked built-in ethernet and a modem.

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Macintosh PowerBook Duo 210

The Duo 210 offered high performance in a 4-pound package. It retailed for US$2,200 and featured a 25Mhz 68030 processor, 4-bit passive screen, 4-32 MB RAM.

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Macintosh PowerBook 160

Released in 1992, the PowerBook 160 introduced gray scale video to the PowerBook line with 4-bit internal grayscale video and support for 8-bit video on an external monitor up to 832 x 624. It was the first model to support an external monitor using Apple’s proprietary VID-14 connector and an adapter) and the first to allow more than 8 MB RAM.

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Macintosh PowerBook G3

The PowerBook G3 line of laptops were the first to be powered by the PowerPC G3 series of CPUs. The fourth generation of this line was code named ‘Pismo’ and supported CPU speeds of 400/500Mhz. A fourth generation of PowerBook G3 was introduced in 2000 with the code name “Pismo” named after the City of Pismo Beach, California. It retailed for US $2,499.

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Macintosh PowerBook Duo 250

The Duo 250 offered high performance in a 4-pound package. It retailed for US$2,200 and featured a 25Mhz 68030 processor, 4-bit passive screen, 4-32 MB RAM.

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Macintosh PowerBook 160

The Macintosh PowerBook 165 was a black and white version of the PowerBook 165c. It was launched in 1993 and retailed for just under US$2,000. It sported a 33 Mhz 68030 processor, 4Mb RAM (expandable to 14Mb), 9.8″ 4-bit 640 x 400 passive matrix screen, SCSI HDI30 connector, 80 or 160 MB hard drive, and weighed 6.8lb.

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