July 13, 1994: PowerBook 150 Introduced

by Chris Seibold Jul 13, 2011

One of the first low cost PowerBooks introduced was the PowerBook 150. The price was nice but Apple made it clear that this wasn't the top of the line model, or even close.

The PowerBook 150 lacked, for the time, the ever useful ADB port and sported a muddy looking passive matrix screen. On the bright side, the screen did feature a desktop equivalent 640X480 resolution. The 5.8 pound machine also featured 33MHz 68030 chip and a whopping 3 hours of battery life.

The PowerBook 150 was introduced in July of 1994.


  • I had a PowerBook 160; talk about your muddy screens! Anyone remember the term “submarining”?

    But I have to say, I did prefer trackballs to trackpads, even if you had to periodically remove and clean the former.

    Scott_R had this to say on Jul 13, 2006 Posts: 17
  • For those users requiring an external keyboard or mouse, this made a serial option a practical consideration. It also lacked a rear port door, unlike the rest of the 100 series models. Though it used the 140 case design, its internals were based on the PowerBook Duo 230 and actually more similar to the features of the PowerBook 190 which used the PowerBook 5300’s case design.-Yochanan Berkowitz

    Ana had this to say on Aug 24, 2011 Posts: 76
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