powerbook 5300, 5300cs, 5300c and 5300ce

The powerbook 5300 series were the first generation with powerpc processor. The powerbooks had hot-swappable expansion modules for a variety of different units such as zip- or magneto-optical-drives but unfortunately no cd-romdrives.

The powerbook 5300 series has been viewed as a disappointment, suffered from a number of design faults. Problems with cracked cases and overheating batteries prompted several recalls, while some users were simply unimpressed with the specifications of the machine and its lackluster performance.

The powerpc 603e processor lacked the level 2 cache so the performance was much less than the cpu frequency would suggest.

powerbook 5300

Minimum OS: 7.5.2

Maximum OS: 9.1

Introduced: August 1995

Terminated: Late 1996


CPU: PowerPC 603e

CPU Speed: 100 MHz

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: 33.3 MHz

Register Width: 32-bit

Data Bus Width: 64-bit

Address Bus Width: 32-bit

Level 1 Cache: 16 kB data, 16 kB instruction


RAM Type: unique

Min RAM Speed: 70 ns

Onboard RAM: 8/16 MB

RAM slots: 1

Maximum RAM: 64 MB

Expansion Slots: 2 Type II or 1 Type III PC Card


Screen: active matrix 10.4"

VRAM: 512 kB

Max Resolution: 16 bit 640x480


Hard Drive: 500/750 MB

Floppy Drive: 1.4 MB SuperDrive


ADB: 1

Serial: 1 Mini DIN-8


Audio Out: stereo 16 bit mini

Audio In: stereo 16 bit mini

Speaker: mono

Microphone: mono