Top 100 Gadgets

Powerbook100-1The winner of MobilePCMag’s Top 100 Gadgets of all time is Apple’s 1991 PowerBook 100. I really hate to brag . . . . but . . . I bought a 1993 PowerBook 180c for 7 pounds at a London auction last year. I haven’t got it working yet, but it sure is fun having it here. I just bought the OS 7.0 from a MacAddict writer who was selling his 93 Apple Classic. But still . . the computer is not talking to me. One day . . .


Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name "Precious" :-)


  • I had a Powerbook 150 that I loved until I dropped it and it died. There is something wonderful about the old Mac OS 7.5 that I miss.

  • I’ve had a Powerbook 520c, a white iBook and a Powerbook 150. The PB150 would have to rate as the best of the three for churning out text – basic monochrome display, a laptop keyboard that took serious punishment and a snappy Word 5. Open it up and start typing. Had a PowerPrint cable to print to PC printers.
    I remember when I went to the PB100 launch in NZ that I was overwhelmed. It sure beat the Mac Portable that I was lugging around for work (but that had a state of the art screen). The PB100 was small (sans floppy) and looked great. The 520c never really did it for me in the same way – but it had ethernet.

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