The PowerBook 5300

Codename: M2
CPU: PowerPC 603e
CPU speed: 100 Mhz/117 Mhz (5300ce)
FPU: integrated
motherboard RAM: 8/16 MB
maximum RAM: 64 MB
number of sockets: 1 -- unique slot
minimum speed: 70 ns
ROM: 4 MB
VRAM: 512 k (upgradeable via 3rd party replacement card)
L1 cache: 16 k data, 16 k instruction
L2 cache: n/a
data path: 64 bit
bus speed: 33.3 Mhz
slots: 2 Type II or 1 Type III PC Card
SCSI: HDI-30
Serial Ports: 1
ADB: 1
Floppy: 1.44 MB SuperDrive
HD: 500 MB (5300/c/cs)/750 MB (5300c/cs)/1.1 GB (5300ce)
CD-ROM: none
Screen: passive matrix 9.5" 4 bit (16 Grays) 640x480 (5300)
dual scan 10.4" 8 bit (256 color) 640x480 (5300cs)
active matrix 10.4" 16 bit (thousands of colors) 640x480 (5300c)
active matrix 10.4" 16 bit (thousands of colors) 800x600 (5300ce)
Sound Output: stereo 16 bit (built-in mono speaker)
Sound Input: mono 16 bit (built in mono mic)
Ethernet: none
Gestalt ID: 128
power: 45 Watts
Weight: 6.2 lbs.
Dimensions: 2.2" H x 11.5" W x 8.5" D
Min System Software: 7.5.2
Max System Software: 9.0
introduced: August 1995
terminated: Late 1996

Introduced in August 1995, the PowerBook 5300 was the first PowerPC PowerBook, and the first to include a sleep-swapable drive bay. Available in 4 screen configurations, and 2 RAM/HD configurations, many 5300s shipped DOA (This was the main cause of Apple's reputation for faulty products in the mid 90s). An IR transceiver for wireless networking was also included. The 100 Mhz 5300 8/500 sold for $2,300. The 100 Mhz 5300cs, with dual-scan color, sold for $2,900 for 8/500, and $3,700 for 16/750. The 5300c with active matrix color, sold for $3,900 for 100 Mhz 8/500, and $4,700 for 100 Mhz 16/750. The fully loaded 117 MHz 5300ce 32/1.1GB sold for $6,800.

Picture: Apple Corporate Site

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