The PowerBook 1400
was a notebook computer
designed and sold by Apple Computer
(now Apple Inc.
) from 1996 to 1998 as part of their PowerBook
series of Macintosh
computers. Introduced in November 1996 at a starting price of $2499, it was the first new PowerBook since the controversial PowerBook 5300
. After the introduction of the more powerful PowerBook 3400
in February 1997, the 1400 took on the role of Apple's entry level notebook and remained there until its discontinuation in May 1998. Its successor, the PowerBook G3 Series
(ie - "Wallstreet"/"Mainstreet") would ultimately go on to replace and consolidate not only the 1400, but the 2400 and 3400 as well.
Throughout its 18-months on the market, the PowerBook 1400 came available in a number of different configurations. Originally released with a 117MHz PowerPC 603e
processor, a 133MHz processor was added in July 1997, and the line topped out with a 166MHz processor the following December. Each version was available as either a "c" or a "cs" model and were differentiated largely by type of LCD
technology used. While both models came with 11.3" color displays with 800x600 resolutions, the pricier 1400c came equipped with an active matrix
display and the 1400cs came with a less expensive passive matrix, dual-scan
The PowerBook 1400 was notable for being the first notebook computer to come available with a built-in optical drive. The optional 6x CD-ROM was implemented using a... Read More