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IBM ThinkPad 390 series

IBM ThinkPad 390 series
alaScore 72

23 reviews

Nov, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 reviews of IBM ThinkPad 390 series. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and size. The usability and battery are also mentioned favorably. The performance and portability get critical opinions. Views are divided on the connectivity.

price, battery, usability, size, reliability

screen, portability, performance

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 72/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of IBM ThinkPad 390 series from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Opinions about the battery and price are on the whole positive.

price, battery

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

Nov, 2015

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


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


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


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


Country Kits:France/Switzerland/United Kingdom/United States
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


Data Bus Speed:100MHz/66MHz




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


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


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


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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Type:Hard drive

Storage Controller


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
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 Type:ATA-33
Spindle Speed:4000rpm

Storage Removable

Type: None


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)