From Mac Guides
Apple's PowerCD was a portable CD player released by Apple in 1993. It was capable of playing Audio CDs, Photo CDs, and was also able to be hooked up to a PowerBook for use as a single-speed ("1x", 150K/sec) CD-ROM drive via a SCSI port. You can power the PowerCD through it's base with 6 AA batteries or through a 12v AC adapter. The PowerCD has it's main function buttons on the face of the unit for easy access with a small backlight LCD display for displaying audio track information.
The internals of the unit were manufactured by Philips.
Retail price at time of introduction was $499.
The PowerCD was never a particularly good CD-ROM drive for Mac users. The drive itself, unlike most SCSI devices, required a device driver and getting it to work on a given mac of the era was sometimes rather tricky.
- Single Speed CD-ROM
- Can be used as a SCSI CD-ROM drive
- Photo CD playback via included TV cable
- Runs on 6 AA batteries for mobility
- View photos on TV via included cable
- Can be controlled remotely with included Apple Remote
- Audio CD
- CD-ROM (When connected to a computer)
- Without the "base/stand" of the unit the PowerCD is completely useless. The base somehow converts a standard 25 pin SCSI port to an adapter with a bay for 6 AA batteries and a 12V AC power socket. Power going to the main unit is needed to work, even when connected to a computer.
- Original images can be found here - (Page is in Japanese)
- User PowerCD pics here: 1, 2
- Nice boxed PCD: