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Apple Powerbook 165C

Apple Powerbook 165C

Speed33 MHz
Memory4 MB
Hard Drive80  MB

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Release Date: 2/10/1993
Manufacturer: Apple
Original Retail Price:
Adjusted Inflation Price:
Donated By: Ian Raymond
Essentially a PowerBook 180 with a color display, the 165c brought the first color screen to the PowerBook line. The passive-matrix screen supported 8-bit video at 640 x 400 pixels. Other than the color screen and faster CPU, it is identical to the PowerBook 160. Because of the color screen, a fully charged battery lasted about an hour.

One serious design compromise was Apple's adoption of single-ported DRAM for video instead of double-ported VRAM, as used in the 160 and 180. This significantly slowed screen redraws and gave the 165c a sluggish feel during screen updates. The screen itself has been described as murky.

As with all early PowerBooks, when buying used be sure it has all the memory you need (new PB RAM is getting more difficult to locate, especially at reasonable prices).

The PB 165c has a 14 MB memory ceiling, although you can go beyond that by using Virtual Memory (slow and free) or RAM Doubler (faster, not free, and discontinued). Another option is RAM Charger 8.1, which offers better memory management than the Mac OS.


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