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ThinkCentre A50p

ThinkCentre A50p
alaScore 80

94 reviews

Dec, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 reviews of ThinkCentre A50p. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the ThinkCentre A50p is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for ThinkCentre A50p

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of ThinkCentre A50p from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: IBM THINKCENTRE A50P P4-2.66G/533 ( 843295U )IBM THINKCENTRE A50P P4-2.66G/533 ( 843295U )

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

Editor's Choice: IBM ThinkCentre A50p

 
May, 2004

Expert review by: Mick Lockey (pcworld.com)

IBM ThinkCentre A50p

 

Artwork: Rick Rizner, John Goddard

The A50 offers solid performance for general business applications and a wealth of IT management tools.

Dec, 2003

Expert review by: Mick Lockey (pcworld.com)

IBM Thinkcentre A50P P4 2.80ghz, 256mb, 120gb, Cd-rw/dvd-rom Combination, WXP Home, 10/100 Ethernet, 128mbati Radeon 9600 Desktop

 

The ThinkCentre A50p is the first system we've seen with IBM's new ThinkCentre styling, including a utilitarian black case raked toward the back and a handle grip at the top front to make it easier to move from desk to desk. It's approximately the size...

IBM's documentation assumes some familiarity with PC technology. We found less hand-holding information than we've seen in other manuals, but this manual matches the PC well

Sep, 2003

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

IBM ThinkCentre A50p

 

The IBM ThinkCentre A50p is all business. Granted, this system is not the fastest among the Pentium 4-powered small business systems we profiled, and it was the only one that lacked Intel's Hyper-Threading (HT) technology. But the IBM's performance is...

Good price. Access IBM button makes self-servicing the system a snap, and IBM's Rapid Restore Ultra is great for those "uh-oh" moments. USB hub on multifunction keyboard is convenient, and FireWire is a welcome addition

CRT monitor, not LCD. But non-Hyper-Threading Pentium 4, integrated (though upgradable) graphics, and DDR333 memory hold back performance

Expert review by: Chris Wood (bytesector.com)

IBM A50p Personal Computer

 

International Business Machines (IBM) was the beginning of personal computing. They started out with the Personal Computer in August of 1981 and since then, they have been supplying users with quality products coupled with great product support. Today...

The IBM A50p desktop system is a seemingly great system.

Feb, 2004

Consumer review by: thelitway (shopzilla.com)

Stands strong

 

Great style with easy access

None

Feb, 2005

Consumer review by: (shopzilla.com)

IBM ThinkCentre A50p 8194 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 Desktop

 

Consumer review by: Frances (circuitcity.com)

Good computer but a few issues

 

The computer is fine but I only received 256 RAM instead of the advertised 512. If you get a Windows disc you can pretty much throw it away. It's sold with no OS so you wont be getting a cd key for the disc.

Feb, 2010

Consumer review by: MT (circuitcity.com)

Very Nice Purchase

 

I bought this for my wife as she has always gotten the hand me down computers. I doubled the ram and put in a 128MB Video Card. Compared to the last computer this is a screamer. The wife is happy, and she can Skype, Facebook, and play all games she...

Feb, 2010

Consumer review by: Mosin (circuitcity.com)

Good desktop

 

This is a good desktop with a good speed. But put in mind that it doesn't have a DVD rom. Another thing that cost me, is there is a wrong specification info. which is the RAM type I bought two RAMs of 1GB DDR SDRAM PC2700 but didn't work for me and...

Feb, 2010

Product Specifications

The evolution of the desktop computer continues with the IBM ThinkCentre desktops. The ThinkCentre A50p delivers leading technologies, extensive multimedia options, plus unique IBM ThinkVantage Technologies that streamline computing. Features include advanced graphics and Intel Pentium 4 processors with Hyper-Threading on select models. New core technology supports fast dual-channel memory and Serial ATA hard drives on select models. All this at a price that's well within your budget. Make setup easier by using System Migration Assistant to move data and familiar settings from your old systems to new ThinkCentre A50p desktops. It's just one of the IBM ThinkVantage Technologies that help make using a ThinkCentre desktop easier. Help protect your data with IBM Rapid Restore Ultra software, a one-touch recovery tool preloaded onto ThinkCentre A50p desktops. In many cases, Rapid Restore Ultra software can restore data, applications and even the operating system to a previously saved working configuration in as few as 20 minutes.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:512KB
Per Processor Size:512KB

Certificates

Certification:ACPI 2.0b, APM 1.2, FCC Class B certified, CE, MPR II, TUV GS, ISO 9241-3, ISO 9241-8, GOST, CISPR 22 Class B, IEC 60950 / ACPI, APM 1.2, CE, TUV GS, ISO 9241-3, ISO 9241-8, GOST, CISPR 22 Class B, IEC 60950

Design

Chassis type:Desktop / SFF / Tower

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:16in
Height:16.3in
Weight:20.1lbs/22.5lbs
Width:7.5in

Display (Projector)

Type:None.

Energy Management

Power consumption (typical):200 / 230
Power supply:200 / 230

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon 9200 / AMD Radeon 9600 Pro
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.064 / 0.128

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:United States
Localization:English
Manufacturer:IBM
Model:8194/8195/8432/8433
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:ThinkCentre A50p

Mainboard

Chipset Type:Intel 865G/Intel 865GV
Data Bus Speed:533MHz/800MHz

Memory

Cache internal:1 / 1.024
Internal memory:0.25 / 0.5
Internal memory type:DDR-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:2 / 4

Miscellaneous

Color:Business black/Stealth black
Manufacturer Selling Program:TopSeller

Modem

Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem/None

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Fast Ethernet
Modem Speed:56
Type:Network adapter

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):8 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:8 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35

Optical Drive

DVD read speed:16
Optical Drive Type:CD-ROM / DVD-ROM

Optical Storage

Read Speed:48x/48x (CD) / 16x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:24x
Type:CD-ROM/CD-RW/CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo
Write Speed:48x

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Other Features

CD read speed:48
CD rewrite speed:24 / 32
CD write speed:48
Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Diskette drive:1.44
Diskette drive memory:1.44
Display:CRT / FST CRT / LCD TFT / N
Expansion type:Tower (4 x 5)
Hard disk controller:Serial ATA/Ultra ATA-100 / Ultra ATA/100
Hard disk drive type:ATA-100 (Enhanced IDE) / SATA / Serial ATA
Interface:External Display, External microphone, Line in, Mouse, Headphone/Line out, Keyboard, Parallel, RJ-45, Serial, 2 USB 2.0 (front), 6 USB 2.0 (back) / External microphone, External Display, Headphone/Line out, Keyboard, Line in, Mouse, Parallel, RJ-45, Serial, 2 USB 2.0 (front), 6 USB 2.0 (back) / External microphone, RJ-45, Serial, 2 USB 2.0 (front), 6 USB 2.0 (back), Mouse, Parallel, External Display, Headphone/Line out, Keyboard, Line in / Serial, parallel, PS/2, RJ-45 / Serial, parallel, RJ-45, IEEE 1394 / Serial, parallel, RJ-45, RJ-11, IEEE 1394 / Serial, parallel, RJ-45, USB, IEEE 1394 / Serial, parallel, USB, PS/2, RJ-45 / Serial, parallel, USB, PS/2, RJ-45, RJ-11 / Serial, parallel, USB, PS/2, RJ-45, RJ-11, IEEE 1394 / Serial, parallel, USB, RJ-45 / Serial, parallel, USB, RJ-45, PS/2 / USB, parallel, RJ-45, RJ-11, IEEE 1394 / USB, PS/2, RJ-45
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Networking features:Ethernet-Integrated / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet
Power Requirements:110/220 V
Power supply type:100/240V / 110/220V / 115/230V
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Security Features:-Hardfile I/O control\n-Diskette I/O control\n-Diskette boot inhibit\n-Configuration password\n-Boot without keyboard or mouse\n-Boot sequence control\n-Serial port I/O control\n-Security slot (for attachment of optional cable lock)\n-Power on password\n-Parallel port I/O control\n-U-Bolt anchoring feature / -Parallel port I/O control\n-Power on password\n-Configuration password\n-Diskette boot inhibit\n-Diskette I/O control\n-Hardfile I/O control\n-Boot sequence control\n-Boot without keyboard or mouse\n-Security slot (for attachment of optional cable lock)\n-Serial port I/O control\n-U-Bolt anchoring feature / •Boot sequence control \n•Boot without keyboard or mouse \n•Configuration password \n•Diskette boot inhibit \n•Diskette I/O control \n•Hardfile I/O control \n•Parallel port I/O control \n•Power on password \n•Security slot (for attachment of optional cable lock) \n•Serial port I/O control \n•U-Bolt anchoring feature / •Boot without keyboard or mouse \n•Boot sequence control \n•Configuration password \n•Parallel port I/O control \n•Hardfile I/O control \n•Diskette boot inhibit \n•Diskette I/O control \n•Serial port I/O control \n•Power on password \n•Security slot (for attachment of optional cable lock) \n•U-Bolt anchoring feature / •Boot without keyboard or mouse\n•Boot sequence control\n•Configuration password\n•Parallel port I/O control\n•Hardfile I/O control\n•Diskette boot inhibit\n•Diskette I/O control\n•Serial port I/O control\n•Power on password\n•Security slot (for attachment of optional cable lock)\n•U-Bolt anchoring feature / •Diskette boot inhibit \n•Configuration password \n•Boot sequence control \n•Boot without keyboard or mouse \n•U-Bolt anchoring feature \n•Serial port I/O control \n•Hardfile I/O control \n•Parallel port I/O control \n•Power on password \n•Security slot (for attachment of optional cable lock) \n•Diskette I/O control / •Diskette boot inhibit \n•Diskette I/O control \n•Hardfile I/O control \n•Parallel port I/O control \n•Power on password \n•Boot without keyboard or mouse \n•Configuration password \n•Security slot (for attachment of optional cable lock) \n•Serial port I/O control \n•U-Bolt anchoring feature \n•Boot sequence control / •Diskette boot inhibit\n•Diskette I/O control\n•Boot sequence control\n•Boot without keyboard or mouse\n•Configuration password\n•Hardfile I/O control\n•Parallel port I/O control\n•Power on password\n•Security slot (for attachment of optional cable lock)\n•Serial port I/O control\n•U-Bolt anchoring feature / •Diskette I/O control \n•Diskette boot inhibit \n•U-Bolt anchoring feature \n•Configuration password \n•Security slot (for attachment of optional cable lock) \n•Serial port I/O control \n•Power on password \n•Hardfile I/O control \n•Parallel port I/O control \n•Boot without keyboard or mouse \n•Boot sequence control / •Diskette I/O control\n•Diskette boot inhibit\n•U-Bolt anchoring feature\n•Configuration password\n•Security slot (for attachment of optional cable lock)\n•Serial port I/O control\n•Power on password\n•Hardfile I/O control\n•Parallel port I/O control\n•Boot without keyboard or mouse\n•Boot sequence control / •Security slot (for attachment of optional cable lock) \n•Power on password \n•Boot sequence control \n•Boot without keyboard or mouse \n•Configuration password \n•Diskette boot inhibit \n•Diskette I/O control \n•Hardfile I/O control \n•Parallel port I/O control \n•Serial port I/O control \n•U-Bolt anchoring feature / •Serial port I/O control \n•U-Bolt anchoring feature \n•Power on password \n•Security slot (for attachment of optional cable lock) \n•Hardfile I/O control \n•Parallel port I/O control \n•Diskette I/O control \n•Configuration password \n•Diskette boot inhibit \n•Boot sequence control \n•Boot without keyboard or mouse / •Serial port I/O control\n•Configuration password\n•Diskette boot inhibit\n•Diskette I/O control\n•Hardfile I/O control\n•IBM Embedded Security Subsystem 2.0\n•Parallel I/O control\n•Power on password\n•Security slot (for attachment of optional cable lock)\n•Boot sequence control\n•Boot without keyboard or mouse / •Serial port I/O control\n•U-Bolt anchoring feature\n•Boot sequence control\n•Boot without keyboard or mouse\n•Configuration password\n•Diskette boot inhibit\n•Diskette I/O control\n•Hardfile I/O control\n•Parallel port I/O control\n•Power on password\n•Security slot (for attachment of optional cable lock)
Video adapter resolution:1920x1200 16777216 colors / 2048x1536 16777216 colors / 2048x1536 256 colors
Video adapter, bus:AGP 8X / Direct AGP
Video card features:ATI RADEON 9200 / ATI RADEON 9600 PRO / Intel Extreme Graphics 2
Weight:22 / 22.5

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Access IBM 4.0, Access Support Connected Client, ConfigSafe, IBM Client Security Software (web-downloadable), IBM Director Agent (web deliverable), IBM Rapid Restore Ultra, Norton AntiVirus 2003 OEM Version, PC Doctor diagnostics, Update Connector, Lotus Notes Stand-alone Client (license), Lotus SmartSuite Millennium (license) / Access IBM 4.0, Access Support Connected Client, IBM Update Connector, IBM Director Agent, IBM Rapid Restore Ultra, Norton AntiVirus OEM Version, PC Doctor diagnostics / Lotus Notes Stand-alone Client (license), Lotus SmartSuite Millennium (license), Microsoft Office Small Business Edition, Access IBM 4.0, Access Support Connected Client, IBM Client Security Software (web-downloadable), IBM Director Agent (web deliverable), IBM Rapid Restore Ultra, Norton AntiVirus 2003 OEM Version, PC Doctor diagnostics, Update Connector / Lotus Notes Stand-alone Client (license), Lotus SmartSuite Millennium (license), Microsoft Office XP Professional, Access IBM 4.0, Access Support Connected Client, IBM Client Security Software (web-downloadable), IBM Director Agent (web deliverable), IBM Rapid Restore Ultra, Norton AntiVirus 2003 OEM Version, PC Doctor diagnostics, Update Connector / Lotus Notes Stand-alone Client (license), Lotus SmartSuite Millennium (license), Microsoft Works Suite 2003, Access IBM 4.0, Access Support Connected Client, IBM Client Security Software (web-downloadable), IBM Director Agent (web deliverable),IBM Rapid Restore Ultra, Norton AntiVirus 2003 OEM Version, PC Doctor diagnostics, Update Connector, IBM Record Now / Lotus Notes Stand-alone Client (license); Lotus SmartSuite Millennium (license); Microsoft Office XP Professional, Access IBM 4.0; Access Support Connected Client; IBM Client Security Software (web-downloadable); IBM Director Agent (web deliverable),IBM Rapid Restore Ultra; Norton AntiVirus 2003 OEM Version; PC Doctor diagnostics; Update Connector / Lotus SmartSuite Millennium (license); Lotus Notes Stand-alone Client (license), Access IBM 4.0; Access Support Connected Client; IBM Update Connector; IBM Director Agent (web deliverable), IBM Rapid Restore Ultra; Norton AntiVirus OEM Version; PC Doctor Windows
Display Diagonal:17
Display included: No
Display Resolution:1024 x 768 / 1280 x 1024

Performance

Audio system:SoundMAX Cadenza
Chipset:Intel 865G
Motherboard chipset:Intel 865G
Product type:PC

Ports & interfaces

Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:-1 Parallel\n-External microphone\n-External Display\n-Headphone/Line out\n-Keyboard (PS/2)\n-Mouse (PS/2)\n-RJ-45\n-6 USB 2.0 (2 front, 4 back) / -1 Parallel\n-Keyboard (PS/2)\n-Mouse (PS/2)\n-External Microphone / Line in (back)\n-External Microphone / Line in (front)\n-Headphone / Line out (back)\n-Headphone/line out (front)\n-External Display (VGA)\n-RJ-45\n-6 USB 2.0 (2 front, 4 back) / -External microphone (front)\n-External Display\n-Headphone/Line out\n-Keyboard (PS/2)\n-Mouse\n-Parallel\n-RJ-45\n-Serial\n-2 USB 2.0 (front)\n-4 USB 2.0 (back) / 8x USB 2.0 / •6 USB 2.0 (back) \n•Headphone/Line out \n•Keyboard \n•Line in \n•Mouse \n•Parallel \n•RJ-45 \n•Serial \n•2 USB 2.0 (front) \n•External Display \n•External microphone / •6 USB 2.0 (back) \n•Serial \n•2 USB 2.0 (front) \n•Mouse \n•Parallel \n•RJ-11 \n•RJ-45 \n•Headphone/line out (front) \n•IEEE 1394 \n•Keyboard \n•Line in \n•External Display \n•External microphone (front) / •External Display\n•Headphone/line out (front)\n•Keyboard\n•Line in\n•Mouse\n•RJ-45\n•2 USB 2.0 (front)\n•6 USB 2.0 (back)\n•External microphone\n•External microphone (front) / •External microphone (front) \n•External Display \n•Headphone/line out (front) \n•IEEE 1394 \n•Keyboard \n•Line in \n•Mouse \n•RJ-11 \n•Parallel \n•RJ-45 \n•Serial \n•2 USB 2.0 (front) \n•6 USB 2.0 (back) / •External microphone (front)\n•External Display\n•Headphone/line out (front)\n•IEEE 1394\n•Keyboard\n•Line in\n•Mouse\n•RJ-11\n•Parallel\n•RJ-45\n•Serial\n•2 USB 2.0 (front)\n•6 USB 2.0 (back) / •External microphone \n•External Display \n•Headphone/Line out \n•Keyboard \n•Line in \n•Mouse \n•Parallel \n•RJ-45 \n•Serial \n•2 USB 2.0 (front) \n•6 USB 2.0 (back) / •External microphone\n•External Display\n•6 USB 2.0 (2 front, 4 back)\n•Headphone/Line out\n•Keyboard (PS/2)\n•Mouse (PS/2)\n•RJ-45 / •External microphone\n•External Display\n•Headphone/Line out\n•Keyboard (PS/2)\n•Mouse (PS/2)\n•6 USB 2.0 (2 front, 4 back)\n•RJ-45 / •External microphone\n•External Display\n•Headphone/Line out\n•Keyboard (PS/2)\n•Mouse (PS/2)\n•RJ-45\n•6 USB 2.0 (2 front, 4 back) / •External microphone\n•External Display\n•Headphone/Line out\n•Keyboard\n•Line in\n•Mouse\n•Parallel\n•RJ-45\n•Serial\n•2 USB 2.0 (front)\n•6 USB 2.0 (back) / •Keyboard\n•Line in\n•Mouse\n•Parallel\n•RJ-45\n•Serial\n•2 USB 2.0 (front)\n•6 USB 2.0 (back)\n•IEEE 1394\n•External Display\n•Headphone/line out (front)\n•External microphone (front) / •Mouse (PS/2)\n•RJ-45\n•6 USB 2.0 (2 front, 4 back)\n•External microphone\n•External Display\n•Headphone/Line out\n•Keyboard (PS/2) / •RJ-11\n•RJ-45\n•Serial\n•2 USB 2.0 (front)\n•6 USB 2.0 (back)\n•Mouse\n•Parallel\n•External microphone (front)\n•External Display\n•Headphone/line out (front)\n•IEEE 1394\n•Keyboard\n•Line in
Microphone in: Yes
Parallel ports quantity:1
PS/2 ports quantity:2
TV out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:6
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

Power consumption (typical):200 / 230
Power supply:200 / 230

Processor

Clock Speed:2.4GHz/2.66GHz/2.6GHz/2.8GHz
Installed Qty:1
Manufacturer:Intel
Max Supported Qty:1
Number of processors installed:1
Processor family:Intel Pentium 4
Processor frequency:2.4 / 2.6 / 2.66 / 2.667 / 2.8 / 3 / 3.2
Processor front side bus:533 / 800
Type:Pentium 4
Upgradability:Upgradable

RAM

Installed Size:128MB/256MB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty

Software

Operating system installed:Windows XP Professional

Storage

Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Interface:Ultra-ATA/133
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:Ultra-ATA/133
Total Storage Capacity:120 / 160 / 40 / 80

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type:IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type:3.5 1.44 MB floppy / 3.5" 1.44 MB floppy/3.5" 1.44 MB floppy / 3.5 1.44 MB floppy

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:ATA-100

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:120GB/40GB/80GB
OS Certified:Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows XP Professional/Microsoft Windows XP Professional / Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
Recommended Use:Corporate business / Small business/Corporate business / Small business/Home use/Small business
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:64MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel Extreme Graphics 2/NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440
Interface Type:AGP/AGP 8x

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:14.1 / 16 / 16.3 / 16.7
Height:16.3 / 3.35 / 5.51
Weight:18.3 / 18.5 / 20.1 / 22 / 22.5 / 25.1
Width:12.2 / 16.7 / 7.52