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Bought a 1995 Macintosh Powerbook 5300c

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I bought a vintage 1995 Macintosh PowerBook off of craigslist for $15. The Powerbook works flawlessly and the screen is very sharp. It came with 15 manuals/docs also. Are PowerBooks collectible or valuable, espcecially if it has all these docs/manuals with it?

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I'd say it's worth about $15...

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I think you missed the 0 key!

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Does it have retina?

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I'd say it's worth about $15...

To whoever has to pick it up and dump it?

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This is actually my first Apple product lol! Its a nice vintage laptop and the screen is extremely sharp for its age. !

Does the Ipad have a floppy drive and a touch pad? :woot: This is also built in the USA, so therefore it is superior to the ipad!

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It's a nice machine. Would be a great writing-dedicated device.

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Why are most replies negative? Thats a great deal, working vintage machines for $15 and not getting shot from craigslist psychos, can't go wrong ;)

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That is pretty neat, actually. Nice find :D

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A great boat anchor if ever I saw one :D

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It might be worth something to a collector (I'm actually looking for a PowerMac 9500 :shifty:), but otherwise it's just a 18 year old laptop.

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I think you missed the 0 key!

Errrrr $015?

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I'm a vintage Mac collector. My first computer was a Mac Plus, then we moved on to an LCII. My first laptop was PowerBook 165 (which I got for $25). I mastered System 7 at a young age.

For $15, you did well! Working PowerBooks in good condition tend to sell for much higher.

The number of vintage Mac collectors has increased slightly over the years. People are getting back into vintage hardware. Not for serious work, but for fun in their spare time. So, have some fun with it! System 7 was a unique platform. Learn all you can about it. There's a site called the Macintosh Garden where you can get a whole lot of "abandon-ware". Try out After Dark, Office, Claris applications, games (Crystal Crazy, Spectre Supreme, Hellcats). If you like playing around with old hardware, you'll love it. No OS is easier to network than System 7 - AppleTalk worked great.

The 5300c had a 10.4" 640x480 pixel active matrix color LCD display. From passive matrix to active, the price would have jumped about $1,000! The screen quality on early color (active matrix) PowerBooks is better than on some laptops today, and active matrix is what collectors want, because it lasts a lot longer.

Once again, well done. Unfortunately, my 5300c no longer boots. :(

I'm no longer a Mac person. As soon as I experienced Windows, I saw it's advantages over System 7/Mac OS (Start menu/taskbar/right-click mouse button menu-scroll wheel/pre-emptive multitasking/memory protection). I dislike Mac OS X, mainly because of it's poor window management, and also the fact that it's a hog on system resources.

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Awesome deal. I would buy it even if it's worth 50$. Yes I am an Atari diehard fan and if someone sells me old Atari PC (personal computer), I would buy it too.

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Good deal...Good collector item if your into Mac PC's...Don't listen to others negative comments. The value of the computer is all up to you..

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Does it have retina?

No, but those corners can hurt your cornea.

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No, but those corners can hurt your cornea.

Actually this looks more ergonomic than today's wrist cutting, cheese grating McBooks.

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It's a great find. I love vintage macs. I am looking for a LC 475 at the moment.

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Nice find. Great as a piece of curiosity and moreover, a working (albeit dated) machine.

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Good find! Not sure what it's worth but there's something kind of fun about picking up these old machines, that used to sell for thousands of dollars back in the day, for pocket change.. recently scored a G4 Cube complete with monitor at work to go with a G5 PowerMac.

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