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Identifying Different Models of the PowerBook G3 Series

Identifying Different Models of the PowerBook G3 Series

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Identifying Different Models of the PowerBook G3 Series

Apple has introduced a number of PowerBook computers with PowerBook G3 in the name and similar industrial design. This article provides a method for differentiating between the various models

There are two ways to identify the various PowerBook G3 models: by family number or by visual inspection. Family numbers are not the same as model numbers, which are usually listed on your invoice or proof of purchase

Identifying by Family Number

The product label on the bottom case of all PowerBook products lists the family number, as shown in the photo below. Use this table as a reference to identify your computer:

Model Family Number

M7572 PowerBook (FireWire) introduced February, 2000 "Pismo"

M5343 PowerBook G3 Series (Bronze keyboard) introduced May, 1999 "Lombard

M4753 PowerBook G3 Series introduced May or September 1998 "WallStreet"

M3553 PowerBook G3 introduced October 1997

Identifying PowerBooks by visual inspection

2000 PowerBook (FireWire) "Pismo"

(M7572) The PowerBook (FireWire) computer is very similar in appearance to the 1999 PowerBook G3 Series (Bronze keyboard) "Lombard". The 2000 PowerBook G3 can be identified in the following two ways, it only has "PowerBook" stenciled on the display bezel and 2 FireWire ports have replaced the square SCSI port used on the 1999 version

1999 PowerBook G3 Series (Bronze keyboard) "Lombard"

(M5343) The PowerBook G3 Series (Bronze keyboard) has an embedded white Apple logo in its display. The main visual difference between this and previous models is the keyboard, which has a bronze translucent color. The computer has a single PC Card slot on the left side, no exposed modem port, and is slimmer than the older 1998 PowerBook G3 Series "WallStreet". The audio ports on the back side of the computer are fully covered by the I/O door. This model also has a square SCSI port and two USB ports

1998 PowerBook G3 Series "WallStreet"

(M4753) The Macintosh PowerBook G3 Series has a large white Apple logo embedded near the middle of the display housing. The G3 Series has two PC Card slots and a Modem port on its left side. On the rear of the computer, the microphone and speaker ports are exposed to the left of the power connector

The form factor of the PowerBook G3 Series is changed from the 1997 PowerBook G3

It is slimmer--that is, it is not as thick as the 1997 PowerBook G3 computer

It is about an inch longer and an inch wider than the 1997 PowerBook G3 computer

1997 PowerBook G3

(M3553) The Macintosh PowerBook G3 shown in Figure 2, has a small, six-color Apple logo on the exterior display housing, two small vents on the display housing, and it closely resembles the PowerBook 3400

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