The PowerBook 180
was a portable computer
released by Apple Computer, Inc.
along with the PowerBook 160
in October 1992. At the time, it constituted the new top-of-the-range model replacing the previous PowerBook 170
. Its case design and features are the same as that of the 170, but it shipped with the more powerful 33 MHz Motorola 68030
CPU and Motorola 68882
FPU. Along with the 160, it introduced a new power saving feature which allowed the processor to run at a slower 16 MHz rate, the same speed as the original 140.
The PowerBook 180 came with a (diagonal) active matrix LCD screen
, capable of displaying 4-bit grayscale
, and a trackball
was mounted beneath the keyboard
. A 1.44 MB floppy disk
drive and 80 MB 2.5-inch hard drive
were also standard.
The Apple Powerbook also gave an option of possible expansion to a 120 MB hard drive. They are equipped with keyboard stands to slant the keyboard.
Like the Macintosh Portable
before it, with the addition of an external color video port missing on the 170, the 180 became a full featured un-compromised portable desktop replacement, equivalent in performance to the Macintosh LC III+
. It was sold until May 1994.
In June 1993, Apple released an identical color version of this model, the PowerBook 180c (pictured above). It had an diagonal active matrix
color LCD capable of displaying 256 colors and was the first PowerBook to natively display 640x480 (all previous PowerBooks... Read More