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The Macintosh PowerBook 5300ce/117 provides the high performance of PowerPC processor technology in the highest-quality, highest-resolution, color PowerBook system available. Its exceptional power, 32 megabytes of memory, high-capacity 1.1-gigabyte, hard disk drive, and advanced SVGA display capability make it the ultimate PowerBook.

Featuring an advanced 117-megahertz PowerPC 603e processor, this PowerBook lets mobile users experience the true power of desktop computing—all in a system that weighs only 6.4 pounds. It provides 16-bit, CD-quality stereo sound, and its large, active-matrix, SVGA display supports thousands of bright, vivid colors and provides 800 by 600 resolution—a larger viewing area than that of standard displays. And the power of its RISC processor not only lets the PowerBook 5300ce/117 handle the most complex tasks easily, but also enables it to run Insignia Solutions SoftWindows emulation software for DOS and Windows compatibility.

Already powerful, the PowerBook 5300ce/117 is designed to make expansion easy. You can expand the memory to 64 megabytes. The PowerBook 5300ce/117 also features two PC Card slots for additional functionality as well as an expansion bay for third-party solutions—the floppy disk drive can be removed and replaced with an additional hard disk drive, magneto-optical storage device, or internal AC adapter.

Because communication is so vital to mobile users, the PowerBook 5300ce/117 offers a range of networking and communications options. It features built-in infrared technology for easy file sharing without cable connections or time-consuming setup. Through its PC Card slots, you can add a wired or wireless modem, storage, or Ethernet networking capability. And it comes with eWorld, Apple’s on-line service, as well as the PowerBook Mobility Bundle, a preinstalled collection of software that meets the needs of mobile users in the areas of communications, compatibility, power management, security, file transfer, and even entertainment.

With its unprecedented power, advanced features, advanced SVGA display, and expandability, the PowerBook 5300ce/117 is truly the answer for mobile users who require high performance for complex tasks and brilliant graphics in a system that can accompany them wherever they go.



  • Uses a 117-MHz PowerPC 603e processor
  • Includes a high-capacity internal 1.1GB hard disk drive
  • Runs thousands of Mac OS applications and hundreds of applications optimized for Power Macintosh

Innovative design

  • Provides a 10.4-inch (diagonal), backlit, active-matrix, SVGA color display with thousands of colors
  • Features PC Card slots and an expansion bay, for flexibility and expandability
  • Comes with an integrated Apple trackpad, full-size keyboard, and integrated palm rest

Easy and versatile communications capabilities

  • Provides built-in infrared technology for easy file sharing—no cables necessary
  • Lets you add a wired or wireless modem or Ethernet networking capabilities through PC Card slots
  • Comes with a range of communications software to keep you connected

Multimedia support

  • Comes with 8-bit color video-out, upgradable to greater bit depths
  • Provides a built-in speaker; 16-bit, CD-quality stereo line input and sound output; and an integrated microphone
  • Includes an expansion bay for removable, rewritable media such as a magneto-optical drive
  • Includes QuickTime software

Preinstalled software

  • Comes with System 7.5
  • Provides active assistance in learning new features through Apple Guide
  • Comes with the PowerBook Mobility Bundle, software designed to enhance mobile computing

Technical Specifications[edit]


  • 117-MHz PowerPC 603e


  • 32MB of RAM, expandable to 64MB


  • Built-in removable Apple SuperDrive 1.4MB floppy disk drive, which uses high-density floppy disks and reads, writes, and formats Macintosh, Windows, MS-DOS, OS/2, and ProDOS disks
  • Internal 1.1GB hard disk drive
  • Expansion bay for third-party solutions such as an additional hard disk drive or magneto-optical drive (PC Card storage tray included in box may be inserted into this bay to reduce weight by 0.4 lb.)


  • 10.4-in. (diagonal), backlit, active-matrix, SVGA color display
  • Resolution: 800 by 600 pixels with thousands of colors; 800 by 600 resolution (SVGA) provides a larger viewing area than standard 640 by 480 displays. This means you see more spreadsheet columns, text, and graphics
  • Black matrix screen reduces glare, clearly defines colors, and improves contrast


  • Nickel-metal-hydride battery provides 2.5 to 4.5 hours of use before recharge
  • Battery recharges in 2.5 hours while computer is shut down, in sleep mode, or running
  • PowerBook Control Strip lets you monitor time remaining, charge status, and battery usage

PC Card slots (PCMCIA)

  • Two PC Card slots that can accommodate two Type I or II PC Cards or one Type III PC Card
  • Lets you add industry-standard PC Cards such as Ethernet networking, a wired or wireless modem, storage, or other capabilities

Expansion bay

  • IDE connector for third-party solutions such as an additional hard drive, a magneto-optical drive, and other devices
  • Power lines for connection of an internal AC adapter and other third-party solutions


  • One Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) port
  • One serial (RS-422) port
  • One SCSI port for connecting as many as six external devices (including CD-ROM)
  • One power adapter port
  • Stereo sound input port
  • Stereo sound output port
  • Video output port


  • Serial/LocalTalk port for AppleTalk connections to networks and printers
  • Ethernet networking through PC Cards
  • Ultra-easy file sharing through infrared technology—without cable connections or time-consuming setup; supports AppleTalk protocol

Built-in stereo sound

  • 16-bit, CD-quality stereo sound capable of driving headphones or external speakers
  • Built-in speaker and integrated microphone
  • Digital-to-analog conversion sampled at 44.1, 22.05, or 11.025 kHz
  • 16 bit, audio line-in for recording

Video output

  • 8-bit video output port to support external color displays—compatible with most Apple, VGA, and SVGA monitors (upgradable to greater bit depths through third-party solutions)


  • Includes a security slot that secures the system, battery, and expansion bay (requires a third-party accessory)
  • Includes password protection software

Keyboard and Apple trackpad

  • Built-in, full-size keyboard with 76 (U.S.) or 77 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys and integrated palm rest
  • Power button on keyboard
  • Solid-state Apple trackpad provides precise cursor control in response to the movement of the user’s fingertip over its surface; sensing of movement and acceleration is easily adjustable through a control panel

Disability access

  • System software includes CloseView and Easy Access, and provides the ability to substitute visual cue for beep

Electrical requirements

  • Line voltage: 100 to 240 volts AC
  • Frequency: 50 to 60 Hz

ADB power requirements

  • Maximum current draw for all ADB devices: 200 mA

Environmental requirements

  • Operating temperature: 41° to 95° F (5° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: –13° to 140° F (–25° to 60° C)
  • Relative humidity: 20% to 80% noncondensing
  • Operating altitude: 0 to 10,000 ft. (0 to 3,048 m)
  • Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 ft. (4,722 m)

Size and weight

  • Height: 2.2 in. (5.6 cm)
  • Width: 11.5 in. (29.2 cm)
  • Depth: 8.5 in. (21.6 cm)
  • Weight: 6.4 lb. (2.9 kg)

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