Macintosh PowerBook 165c

Introduced: February 1993
Terminated: December 1993


The PowerBook 165c was identical to the PowerBook 165 in all respects but one: it had a color screen.  The 9-inch display was a 256 color passive matrix with 640 x 480 resolution.


Apple’s first color PowerBook was not well received.  The passive matrix display was dim and unclear and at $3,400, it was expensive.


Processor: Motorola 68030
Processor Speed: 33 MHz
Coprocessor: None (165) Motorola 68882 FPU (165c)
Cache: 0.5 KB L1
System Bus: 33 MHz
Hard Drive: 40, 80, or 120 MB (165) 80 or 120 MB (165c)
Media: 1.44 MB floppy
Weight and Dimensions (US): 6.8 (165) 7 (165c) lbs., 2.25” H x 11.25” W x 9.3” D
Weight and Dimensions (Metric): 3.1 (165) 3.2 (165c) kg, 5.7 cm H x 28.6 cm W x 23.6 cm D
Original Mac OS: System 7.1 (System Enabler 131 v1.0.3 or 121)
Maximum Mac OS: Mac OS 7.6.1
Firmware: Macintosh ROM
Logicboard RAM: 4 MB of PSRAM
Maximum RAM: 14 MB
Type of RAM Slots: 1 - PowerBook 1xx (70-pin connector)
Minimum RAM Speed: 85 ns
Interleaving Support: No
Graphics Card: None
Graphics Memory: 128 KB (165) 512 KB (165c)
Built-in Display: 10” 4 - bit (165) or 9” 8 - bit (165c) Film SuperTwist Nematic (FSTN) LCD
Resolutions: 640 x 400
Display Connection: Mini-15
Expansion Slots: Internal 20-pin connector for optional 2400-baud modem card
Expansion Bays:—
Hard Drive Bus: 40-pin SCSI
Backup Battery:—
Power Adapter:—
System Battery: 2.9 ampere-hour NiCad
Max Watts: 17 W
Ethernet: None
Infrared: None
Modem: None
ADB: 1
Serial: 2
USB: None
FireWire: None
Audio In: 1 - 3.5-mm analog input jack, 1 - Built-in microphone
Audio Out: 1 - 3.5-mm analog output jack, 1 - Built-in speaker


Introduced in February of 1993, the Powerbook 165c was discontinued less than a year later in December of the same year.



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