Terry Stewart's (Tezza's) Classic Computer Collection

Apple Macintosh Powerbook 145b

Baby Macs - an 80s icon

(Note: Click on the image for a larger view. I also describe this machine in a YouTube video)

When the Mac Powerbooks came out in New Zealand in 1992 I was involved in a project at work that required some Mac software development. Even though I wasn't a programmer I argued strongly for one of these for "testing" the software. I was told they were too expensive and I couldn't have one!

Well, it's taken 20 years but I've got one now.

This unit contains a Motorola 68030, running at speedy 25 MHz, 4MB RAM and a 40 MB Hard Drive. It's in excellent condition and everything works as it should. No battery though. That was U/S and starting to leak so it was disposed of. It's mains power only now I'm afraid. However, I have got a pristine manual for it.

This example opposite was saved from the knacker's yard. It was about to go to the recycling centre for disposal when I snagged it.

The Powerbooks were the first Mac Laptops, and as such are a notable characters in the story of microcomputers.

Update: Much as I love its sleek design, the Mac Powerbook found a new owner in May, 2021 so is no longer with me.

Want to know more about this micro? Google is your friend.

This page last edited 11th April, 2018

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