powerbook 165/165c with color displays

For mac users color displays were fairly long denied. While color displays in PC laptops had long been a standard, apple introduced its first powerbook 165c with a 9“ passive-matrix color display in febrary 1993.  The display was not nearly as sharp as the small 8.4“ active-matrix color display in the powerbook 180c.

The cheaper powerbook 165 had a grayscale screen and no FPU. With 33 MHz clock rate apple also put the fastest processor installed in a powerbook.

powerbook 165c

Minimum OS: 7.1

Maximum OS: 7.6.1

Introduced: Feb 1993

Terminated: Dec 1993


CPU: Motorola MC68030

CPU Speed: 33 MHz

FPU: 68882

Bus Speed: 33 MHz

Register Width: 32-bit

Data Bus Width: 32-bit

Address Bus Width: 32-bit

Level 1 Cache: 256 bytes data, 256 bytes instruction


RAM Type: proprietary

Min RAM Speed: 85 ns

Onboard RAM: 4 MB

RAM slots: 1

Maximum RAM: 14 MB

Expansion Slots: modem


Screen: 9" passive matrix

Max Resolution: 8 bit 640x400


Hard Drive: 80-160 MB

Floppy Drive: 1.4 MB SuperDrive


ADB: 1

Serial: 2 Mini DIN-8


Audio Out: stereo 8 bit

Audio In: mono 8 bit

Speaker: mono

Microphone: mono