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The PowerBook 520c

PowerBook 520c icon

32×32 pixel icon for the PowerBook 520c

My first laptop computer was a PowerBook 520c. I purchased it in October 2003, eight years after Apple discontinued the product.

It was great.

I don’t remember why, exactly, I decided to get this. I think I was still fairly “into” the Macintosh at the time, and that the 520c had something of a reputation on the web as a very good Mac in its time. One of my friends in college had one at that time, I believe. Plus, its codename was “Blackbird” and that’s pretty cool.

I’m still can’t say, at this point, exactly what prompted me to buy an obviously obsolete laptop in the first place. But it was a ton of fun over the next few years.

It was a bit of a project. After buying the laptop, I had to buy a power adapter so I could charge it. Then either initially, or later on, I found that the screen’s backlight went bad. I ordered a new one, then for one reason or another it just proved unworkable to substitute for the old one. So, I ended up buying a whole new top half… But the total for all of this was slightly under $100, compared with an original retail price of nearly $3,000. “Y’know, depreciation.”

I think that I definitely got my money’s worth.

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