Macintosh PowerBook 180

Introduced: October 1992
Terminated: May 1994


The PowerBook 180, like the PowerBook 160, had the ability to support an external color display. Running a Motorola 68030 processor at 33MHz and a Motorola 68882 FPU, it was considerably faster.  The PowerBook 180 had an 80-160MB hard drive and a 1.44 internal floppy drive.

The PowerBook 180 was the first PowerBook to feature an active matrix, grayscale LCD screen.


The PowerBook 180 was the new top-of-the-line PowerBook.  The active matrix, grayscale LCD was a quick success and buyers had to wait when production was slower than demand for this $4,100 portable.


Processor: Motorola 68030
Processor Speed: 33 MHz
Coprocessor: Motorola 68882 FPU
Cache: 0.5k L1
System Bus: 33 MHz
Hard Drive: 80 - 160 MB
Media: 1.44 MB floppy
Weight and Dimensions (US): 6.8 (180) 7.1 (180c) lbs., 2.25” H x 11.25” W x 9.3” D
Weight and Dimensions (Metric): 3.1 (180) 3.2 (180c) kg, 5.7 cm H x 28.6 cm W x 23.6 cm D
Original Mac OS: System 7.1 (System Enabler 111 or 131 v1.0)
Maximum Mac OS: Mac OS 7.6.1
Firmware: Macintosh ROM
Logicboard RAM: 4 MB
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 (180) 512 KB (180c)
Built-in Display: 10” 4-bit (180) or 8.4” 8-bit 0.27 mm dot pitch (180c) Active Matrix LCD
Resolutions: 640 x 400 (180) 640 x 480 (180c)
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: 2.8 ampere-hour NiCad
Max Watts: 17 (180) 24 (180c) W
Ethernet: None
Infrared: None
Modem: 14.4 kbps
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


The PowerBook 180 was introduced in October 1992 and discontinued in May of 1994.



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