Macintosh PowerBook 190/190cs

Introduced: August 1995
Terminated: October 1996


Running a Motorola 68LC040 at 33Mhz, the PowerBook 190/190cs were identical apart from their screens.  The PowerBook 190 had a 9.5” passive matrix greyscale screen and the PowerBook 190cs had a 10.4” passive matrix color display.  The hard drive was 500Mb and there was a 1.44Mb floppy drive.  The RAM was expandable to 36 or 40MB.  An infra-red transceiver or video port for an external monitor were optional.


Targeted at a lower-end market like college students, the PowerBook 190/190cs didn’t have many of the frills found in the higher-end powerbooks.  The passive matrix screen was less expensive but not as clear.  Problems with the lithium-ion battery found in the PowerBook 5300 affected the Powerbook 190/190cs, even though they did not have the same issues of the battery exploding.


Processor: Motorola 68LC040
Processor Speed: 66 MHz (Internal) 33 MHz (External)
Coprocessor: None
Cache: 8 KB L1
System Bus: 33 MHz
Hard Drive: 500 MB
Media: 1.44 MB floppy
Weight and Dimensions (US): 6.0 (190) 6.3 (190cs) lbs., 2” H x 11.5” W x 8.5” D
Weight and Dimensions (Metric): 2.7 (190) 2.9 (190cs) kg, 5.1 cm H x 29.2 cm W x 21.6 cm D
Original Mac OS: System 7.5.2 (PowerBook 5300/190 Enabler v1.1)
Maximum Mac OS: Mac OS 8.1
Firmware: Macintosh ROM
Logicboard RAM: 4 or 8 MB
Maximum RAM: 36 or 40 MB
Type of RAM Slots: 1 - PowerBook 53xx (120-pin connector)
Minimum RAM Speed: 70 ns
Interleaving Support: No
Graphics Card: Optional
Graphics Memory: 512 KB with optional graphics card
Built-in Display: 9.5” 4 - bit (190) or 10.4” 8 - bit (190cs) Film SuperTwist Nematic (FSTN) LCD
Resolutions: 640 x 480
Display Connection: Optional Mini-15
Expansion Slots: 2 - Type II or 1 - Type III PC Card
Expansion Bays: 5.25-inch bay
Hard Drive Bus: IDE
Backup Battery:—
Power Adapter:—
System Battery: NiMH (190) 16.8 V lithium ion (190cs)
Max Watts: 45 W
Ethernet: None
Infrared: Optional Macintosh PowerBook Infrared Upgrade Kit
Modem: None
ADB: 1
Serial: 1
USB: None
FireWire: None
Audio In: 1 - 3.5-mm analog input jack, 1 - Built-in microphone
Audio Out: 1 - 3.5-mm analog output jack, 1 - Built-in speaker


Introduced in August 1995 the PowerBook 190/190cs was discontinued in October.  Following the discontinuation, Apple went away from releasing separate high and low-end models until the introduction of the iBook.



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