PowerBook G3

The Apple PowerBook G3 is a notebook that was designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple from 1997 to 1998 as part of the PowerBook G3 series of Macintosh computers. The computer has been introduced on November 10, 1997, and its price started at $5700.

The new PowerBook features a 250 MHz PowerPC 750 G3 processor, 12.1″ color LCD display, 32 MB of RAM, 5 GB hard drive, 1.44 MB floppy drive, and tray-loading 20x CD-ROM drive.

This PowerBook has been discontinued on March 14, 1998.

Today PowerBook G3 is 26 years old!

PowerBook G3
Source: engadget.com – PowerBook G3

PowerBook G3 Release Date and Original Price

IntroducedNovember 10, 1997
DiscontinuedMarch 14, 1998
Model Identifier313
Model NumberM3553
Order NumberM5993LL/A
Original Price$5,700
ColorsDark Grey
Weight7.5 Ibs.
3.401 KG
Dimensions1.9” H x 10.5” W x 8.4” D
6.09 cm H x 29.21 cm W x 24.13 cm D

Tech Specs


ProcessorPowerPC 750 G3
Processor Speed250 MHz
Number of Cores1
System Bus50 MHz
Cache64 KB L1
512 KB backside L2
CoprocessorBuilt-in FPU

Storage & Media

Storage5 GB
Media1 – 1.44 MB floppy
1 – 20x CD-ROM Tray-loading


Built-in Memory32 MB
Maximum Memory160 MB
Memory Slots1 – PowerBook G3
Minimum Speed60 ns
Interleaving SupportNo


Built-in Display12.1″ Color TFT Active-matrix Display
Resolutions800 x 600


Graphics CardNone
Graphics Memory2 MB
Display Connection1 – HDI-15
Display ModesNone
External ResolutionNone


Expansion Slots2 – Type II or 1 – Type III PC Card
Hard Drive InterfaceATA
Bays1 – 5.25-inch bay


Infrared1 – 1.152 Mbps
ADB1 – External
1 – Internal for Trackpad
SCSI1 – HDI-30
Floppy PortNone
Audio In1 – 3.5-mm analog input jack
1 – Built-in microphone
Audio Out1 – 3.5-mm analog output jack
4 – Built-in speakers
Display1 – HDI-15
Security Slot1 – Kensington cable lock

Keyboard and trackpad

KeyboardBuilt-in Full-size 77-key (U.S.) or 78-key (ISO) incl. 12 function and 4 arrow keys
TrackpadBuilt-in Solid-state trackpad (Tap, double-tap, and drag)


Original OSMac OS 8
Maximum OSMac OS 9.1
FirmwareMacintosh ROM


System Battery47 Wh Lithium-Ion (M4895)
Backup Battery7.2 V 60 mAh NiMH (922-2692)
Battery Life2-4 hours
Maximum Continuous Power45 W
Line Voltage100-240 V AC
Power Adapter45 W AC (M4895)

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