ThinkPad A series

The Good Provides a wide range of options; two modular bays; embedded security; port replicator or docking station offered on all models.

The Bad Most models are expensive; big and bulky; no trackpad; no design frills; so-so battery life.

The Bottom Line The desktop-replacement IBM ThinkPad A notebooks are some of the best available, with decent performance and loads of features to compensate for their slightly higher price.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Battery 7.0
  • Support 9.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

ThinkPad A series

Sep 2002

IBM might consider renaming its brawny ThinkPad A series the H series, for high class. This desktop-replacement notebook offers an elegant combination of innovative design, solid construction, and a unique feature set, and it comes in a range of configurations and prices--from $1,399 to a wallet-busting $3,949--that will suit just about any user. We expected a higher performance score from the A-series Pentium 4-M configuration we tested, and surprisingly, the A series' battery life doesn't quite measure up to the competition's. But if you don't need the absolute top-of-the-line screamer, any of the A-series models makes a stellar choice for small or large businesses, even though it has an only average ValueWatch rating. Like most desktop replacements, the ThinkPad A series trades portability for power. Its size and weight would hardly qualify as thin and light, but both are average for a desktop replacement--not bad considering the ThinkPad A series provides even more features than most in its class.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $3,699
  • Brand IBM
  • Type Pentium 4-M
  • Installed Size 256 MB
  • Edition Windows XP Professional
  • Capacity 60 GB
  • Diagonal Size 15 in
  • Chipset Type Intel 845MP
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