General ThinkPad 390E Information

ThinkPad 390E Specs

There are many models of the 390E available as of August 1999 -- with CPU's from 300 MHz Celerons to 333 MHz mobile Pentium II's, from 32 to 64 MB of RAM, from 12.1" to 14.1" TFT displays, and from 3.2 to 6.4 GB hard disks. Currently the 390E's occupy the price range from about $1700 to $2700. This is considered IBM's "standard issue" general purpose all-in-one business laptop; a laptop for people who buy computers with their own money. :)

I have the E0U model, which is a mobile PII/333, 14.1" TFT, 64 MB RAM, and a 6.4 GB disk. While not the lightest laptop around by a fair stretch, the build quality is excellent, the screen is flawless, and the keyboard appears to be designed by someone who actually types for a living, which is rare. The integrated CDROM/floppy combo is clever and handy, and can be swapped out for a second battery, 2nd HDD, etc.

As of May 2000, IBM is currently producing the 390X series, which features Pentium 3 CPU's running at up to 500 MHz.

I will concentrate on the 390E model #2626-E0U for the remainder of this web page. However, IBM provides some specs for the entire 390E lineup in this PDF brochure.

Specs at a Glance: (2626-E0U model)

Comments on Laptops:

Greg Moulton, in a fabulous article on installing Linux on his ThinkPad 770X, summarized my sentiments perfectly, so I'll requote him here:

There are a lot of lousy laptops out there, even amongst some of the big-name manufacturers. The specs simply don't tell a large part of the story. On the other hand, the highest-end laptops come at a substantial price premium. This middle ground is where the ThinkPad 390 series fits in nicely, IMHO. It's sturdy, well-engineered, well-supported, has one of the best keyboards I've encountered, an exquisite TFT display, runs cool and quiet, and has excellent battery life. 'Nuff said. :)

IBM Thinkpads:

IBM makes a wide variety of laptops. Here's are some IBM sites of interest:

IBM - ThinkPad Home Page
IBM Products
IBM Personal Computing Support
IBM ThinkPad Solutions
IBM ThinkPad Accessories & Upgrades
IBM ThinkPad Mobile Resource Center
IBM Corporation

Back to Linux on a TP 390E

Craig Kulesa
Last modified: Fri Apr 21 17:32:55 MST 2000