Tuesday, September 29, 2015

IBM ThinkPad 380 series

IBM ThinkPad 380 was a notebook computer manufactured in 1997 by IBM as part of their ThinkPad laptop series. Notable for incorporating a CD-ROM and a floppy drive


IBM ThinkPad 380E — The 380E model introduced several additional features, along with more optional features available. Along with the 16 MB soldered onto the motherboard, (a feature carried over from the original 380 model), a single slot accessible through an external cover on the bottom of the case could hold a memory card up to 64 MB in size, allowing a maximum of 80 MB to be installed. Other features included: an internal 56k modem option, and a choice between the base 150 MHz processor or a modestly improved 166 MHz processor, both of which now integrated the MMX technology from Intel as a standard feature. 

IBM ThinkPad 380ED — The 380ED model was virtually identical to the 380E, but with the 166 MHz processor standard, a .3 lb (0.1 kg) increase in weight, an optional 2.5-hour battery along with the model standard two-hour version, and a gradual increase in hard drive size from 2.1-3.2 GB, and then to 5.1 GB (which became optional for the older models). 

IBM ThinkPad 380XD — The 380XD Model introduced the 233 MHz Pentium Processor with MMX Technology, and included 32 MB on the motherboard instead of 16 MB, increasing the memory limit to 96 MB (unofficially supports up to 160 MB with the use of a 128 MB EDO 144-pin SODIMM). It introduced features such as a USB port, the ability for the customer to replace the hard drive (something that was usually only doable by the factory in the older models), hard drive options from the base 3.2 GB drive to 4 GB or 6.4 GB, the latter of which available only to the 380XD and 380Z (at least from the factory), and an optional 266 MHz processor upgrade. 

IBM ThinkPad 380Z — The 380Z was the last model of the 380 series to be produced. It introduced the optional 300 MHz Pentium II mobile processor into the line, and included advance features such as a S.M.A.R.T. hard drive, a larger 13.3 in (340 mm) TFT LCD screen with a maximum resolution of 1024x768 (compared to the dual-scan 800x600 maximum on the older models), ACPI support, the integration of higher-quality speakers with the addition of an internal sub-woofer, and its own port replicator that would only work with the 380Z.

All the models—apart from the base 380—could run versions of Windows up to and including Windows XP. For Windows XP to run smoothly, however, they would need to be configured with at least 64 MB of RAM and a 2.0 GB hard drive or larger.

from Wikipedia

I own an IBM 380ED and and IBM 380XD, both bought from flea markets and restored to factory present, the ED has also original IBM carrying case, Diskettes, Adapter and docking station. Below I made some pictures with the ED model.

(front view)

     Both ED and XD look the same, the only differences like posted upwards is the system configuration and the sound quality on the XD is awesome. The XD has such quality speakers and powerful you can actually throw a small party with the integrated STEREO :)


(side view-CD-ROM unit, Floppy Disk Unit, Audio ports and analog Volume)

     The CD-ROM unit works perfectly even after 18 years. What I don`t understand how come new optical units laser "gets old" and after 5 years you can throw your Optical units away...? This high quality Laser product its actually so robust you can put a 2 liter Cola on it and still it won`t bend.

(front view - Closed lid )

     I put my iPod and my Canon lens cap in order for you to see how THICK this notebook can be :) 
The notebook has a rubbery finish all over it and it does not come off like on other models. This particular machine has just a few shallow scratches...

(Keyboard view)

     The Keyboard is absolutely great. In fact the 380 Series Keyboard is actually one of my favorite as every time you apply pressure to the keys they act just like and IBM model M keyboard except the clicky sound.

(The IBM Executive Leather Carrying Case)

The case itself has almost 1 kg, if you put the IBM 380ED (3.6 kg) that means 4.5 kg + the docking station + some cd`s and diskettes... you end up with 7kg\15lb. So the carrying case must be quality build. And it is ;)

(Back view of IBM 380ED docked)

(Upper view of the Docking Station)

     You can see the metal pins on the sides. Those metal pins are motor driven or some kind of electromagnetic movement, as when the laptop gets docked, the docking station makes a motor like noise and locks up the laptop.

(Closeup on the connectors)


(Rear view with the ports)

     This docking station has 1 x USB port, 4 x PCMCIA ports (2 ports are populated with LAN card),
1 x VGA, 1 x Audio out and 1 x Microphone, 2 x PS2 for keyboard and mouse, 1 x MIDI\Joystick port, 1 x LTP Printer port, 1 x Serial port, 1 x External SCSI port and a DC adapter port.

(My IBM 380ED running Windows 95b Deutsche version)

IBM ThinkPad 380-series
Intel Pentium/Pentium II
150-300 MHz
16-96 MB EDO RAM


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