It was late 1996 and Apple was trying to recover from a string of failed products, internal mismanagement, and a financial crisis. The PowerBook 1400 was built to rectify the issues Apple had with the 5300 and satisfy the needs of its notebook customers. While it was indeed a large improvement over the 5300, it did little to win the performance battle against the PC competition. Despite this, its upgradeable design made it popular for years. Read more about the 1400 here.