Apple Macintosh PowerBook Duo 2300c (1995) and Macintosh Duo MiniDock (1992)

Apple PowerBook 2300c

I received this laptop as a gift in 2010. I always liked the Duos, both for their design and the idea of a slim lightweight laptop (remember it’s 20 years old) which, if needed, could be hooked up to a dock to transform it into a real desktop computer.

Apple PowerBook 2300c (side, closed)

Apple PowerBook 2300c (back)

Apple PowerBook 2300c (back, ports)

The MiniDock had been designed for the older Duos but it can be used with this model too. It makes this laptop more “open” to the outside world by adding a number of connections to the computer, that has only a serial port hidden beneath one of the feet. An internal modem could be optionally added to the other side.

The ports are: modem, audio in and out, SCSI, two serial, external video, ADB and floppy.

Apple Macintosh Duo MiniDock - back

The MiniDock hooks on the back and can be used with the laptop batteries.

Apple Macintosh Duo MiniDock

Apple PowerBook 2300c + MiniDock (side)

To unhook the MiniDock you have to lift a handle on the top:

Apple PowerBook 2300c + MiniDock (undocking)

The design of this laptop is still beautiful despite its age.

Apple Macintosh PowerBook 2300c - lato

The only sore point is the keyboard, very uncomfortable: you have to press the keys hard in an unnatural way. I discovered that during the two years of its life span Apple made minor revisions to this computer, mainly to solve the keyboard problems.

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