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IBM ThinkPad 390 series

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the linux support and reliability. The connectivity and battery also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the portability and screen.

value for money, battery, connectivity, reliability, linux support

screen, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the IBM ThinkPad 390 series is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for IBM ThinkPad 390 series

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of IBM ThinkPad 390 series from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

value for money, battery

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

This summary is based on the product: IBM Thinkpad 390E Notebook (333-Pentium II, 64 MB RAM, 6.4 GB hard drive)

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Product Specifications

IBM's ThinkPad 390 delivers portable computing power at a price more accessible than the ThinkPad has been before. The 390 series features an all-in-one integrated design with full multimedia capabilities. This model is suitable as an all-purpose mobile PC that you can use to get your work done at home, in the office or on the road. The ThinkPad 390 is driven by a 233MHz mobile Pentium II processor. The Pentium II is well-known as the mainstream processor with the best all-around performance in both standard business and multimedia tasks, and the mobile version is also designed to draw minimal battery power and generate minimal heat, preserving the life of the notebook and stretching out your battery life. 512K of L2 cache optimizes the Pentium II's efficiency and performance. 32MB of SDRAM memory comes installed in the ThinkPad 390, which is sufficient for today's software applications. The ThinkPad is upgradeable for future memory-intensive programs as well, supporting a maximum memory of 256MB. The ThinkPad's 3.2GB hard drive features SMART technology which warns you of impending drive failures before they occur, giving you the opportunity to save important files before they are lost. A 12.1 inch active matrix color screen gives you the viewing space you need to clearly see your work. Viewable from wide angles, the screen is capable of resolutions up to 800x600, with a 2.5MB graphics controller that can produce up to 16 million colors. The ThinkPad's 24X CD-ROM drive allows you to install new software quickly and view multimedia CD's smoothly. 16-bit audio is output through the notebook's Altec Lansing stereo speakers, and an integrated mic allows you to take voice memos. Despite its all-in-one design, this ThinkPad is quite adaptable to your increasing needs. Its UltraBay FX can accommodate a secondary hard drive for extra storage capacity, or a second battery for extra power when an outlet isn't handy. A port replicator is available for the ThinkPad 390, making it a great machine for office use. Low price, plenty of computing power, upgradeability and great multimedia features combine to make the ThinkPad 390 a notebook well worth considering. IBM covers this product with a one year warranty.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Run Time (Up To):2.5hour(s)/2.6hour(s)/3.25hour(s)/3.5hour(s)/3.6hour(s)/3.7hour(s)/3.8hour(s)/3hour(s)/4hour(s)/9.25hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion/Nickel metal hydride

Cache Memory

Installed Size:128KB/256KB/512KB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:10.2in/10.6in/10in/3.9in
Height:0.5in/1.8in/1.9in
Weight:0.4lbs/3.5lbs/7.5lbs/7.7lbs/7.9lbs
Width:12.4in/12.9in/2.8in

Display (Projector)

Color Support:16-bit (64K colors)/24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:16-bit (64K colors)/24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:12.1in/14.1in/15in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm/35.8cm/38.1cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 768/800 x 600
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: No

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:France/Switzerland/United Kingdom/United States
Localization:English/French
Manufacturer:IBM
Model:2626/390 / 2626/390X / 2626/500 / 2626/700 / 2626/F0U / 2626/L2U / 2626/X / 2626
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:IBM/ThinkPad / ThinkPad 390X/ThinkPad 390/ThinkPad 390 / ThinkPad 390X/ThinkPad 390E/ThinkPad 390X

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / TrackPoint

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:100MHz/66MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Black

Modem

Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.90/ITU V.90 / k56Flex
Type:Fax / modem/Modem (analog)/None

Networking

Type: None

Optical Storage

Read Speed:20x/24x
Type:CD / floppy drive combo/CD-ROM

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 2000/Microsoft Windows 98/Microsoft Windows NT 4.0/Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0

Processor

Clock Speed:233MHz/266MHz/300MHz/333MHz/366MHz/400MHz/450MHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Type:Celeron/Celeron A/Pentium II/Pentium III/Pentium MMX

RAM

Installed Size:32MB/64MB
Max Supported Size:256MB/512MB
Technology:SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage

Type:Hard drive

Storage Controller

Type:IDE/None

Storage Floppy Drive

Type:3.5" 1.44 MB floppy / 3.5 1.44 MB floppy/Floppy / CD drive combo

Storage Hard Drive

Average Seek Time:13ms
Buffer Size:512KB
Capacity:4GB
Data Transfer Rate:33.3MBps
Form Factor:2.5" x 1/6H / 2.5 x 1/6H
Form Factor (metric):6.4 cm x 1/6H
Form Factor (Short):2.5"
Form Factor (Short) (metric):6.4 cm
Hard Drive Type:Internal hard drive
Interface:ATA-33
Interface Type:ATA-33
Spindle Speed:4000rpm
Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:12GB/3.2GB/4.3GB/4.8GB/6.4GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Recommended Use:Corporate business / Small business/Home use / Small business/Small business

Video Memory

Installed Size:2.5MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NeoMagic MagicMedia 256AV (NM2200)