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PowerBook 2400/180 Processor Upgrade Page

PowerBook 2400/180 Facts at a Glance

  • Processor: PPC 603e, 180MHz
  • 256k Level 2 Cache
  • Drive: 1.3GB ATA
  • Installed RAM:16MB (80 Max)
  • RAM Slots: 1
  • Screen Size 10.4" Active Matrix
  • Weight 4.4 Lbs. 
  • Introduced: 5/8/97
  • Initial Price $3,500

The PowerBook 2400/180 was made for the Mac user on the go. Weighing in at 4.4 Lbs. this machine was both light and stylish and helped Apple recover from the taint of the 5300 fumble. That isn't to say the this machine didn't have it's faults. The light weight and compact size of this machine came with a cost. Both the screen and keyboard were smaller than other portable offerings of the time and internal storage was limited to the hard drive. Fortunately an external floppy was provided with the 2400 which connected via its own special port on the back of the machine. More problematic for many was the small keyboard which was roughly 87% the size of a standard keyboard. Compare this with the Duo keyboard which was 95% the size of the standard keyboard and you can see why many touch typists were grumbling. To be fair, there were many folks who claimed that the keyboard worked fine for them and it was just a matter of giving your fingers time to adjust to the smaller layout. Apple also incorporated "scissor technology" into the 2400's keyboard to make it more responsive and hopefully compensate for ham fisted typists like myself.

The best thing about this machine was its compact size and weight. Compared with the 7.2 pound 3400 the 4.4 pound 2400 was a lean machine. Since both machines share the same 603e processor and 256k L2 cache, performance on the two was roughly equivalent. While bulkier than its predecessor the Duo, it boasted many features that the Duo was lacking, namely a full array of ports on the back (serial, ADB, SCSI, infrared) freeing users from having to use a dock.

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Below you will find the MacBench 4.0 results for most of the processor upgrades available for this machine. These results are what the individual manufactures publish for their cards. In other words the speed trials were run by the manufacturer. For an independent evaluation of these cards check the Processor Upgrade Page to see if we have results available. The bar graphs below express results as a percentage of improvement over the base machine, which receives a score of 100%. Further down the page you will find a table with the actual MacBench score

MacBench Absolute Scores

Processor Upgrade Card MacBench 4.0 Processor Score
PowerBook 2400/180 301
NewerTech Nupowr 2400 G3/240/120/512k 760
NewerTech Nupowr 2400 G3/240/120/1MB 850
Vimage Vpower PB2400 G3/240/120/512k 762
Vimage Vpower PB2400 G3/320/160/1MB 1,117