Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Thinkpad R50e Model 1834TA6

Just a couple of months after I got my IBM Thinkpad R50e Model 1834-MA4, Lenovo releases the follow-up 1834-TA6. The ad came out in the papers, and I found out because Arthur Chua sauntered over to the store to ask my opinion about it.

Specs-wise, it looks to be exactly the same as the MA4: Celeron M processor, 256MB RAM, 40 GB hard disk, and Intel Wireless B/G. One difference, though, is that the processor runs at 1.3MHz instead of my 1,5MHz. There wasn't enough in the ad to go deeper, though.

Price-wise, the TA6 is cheaper at P39,450 vs the MA4's P42,500.

If it's anything like the MA4, I'd rate it as a good buy. Better hurry, though, because the distributors ran out of the MA4 in just ten days.


  1. Hi Dom - Noel here (ex-officemates in Paseo, many many moons ago). Anyway, saw your post re: 1834TA6 - I guess you are recommending it. Aside from the processor speed - did your MA4 come with an OS? if yes, what was it? Home or Professional?
    Appreciate a quick response as am considering a proposal within the next few days for a "lenovo" unit.

  2. Hi, Noel! Good to hear from you. No, my MA4 did not come with an OS. I put Ubuntu Linux on it. Works perfectly, with the exception of the modem which I haven't figured out yet.

    You CAN install Windows on it. Just make sure you download the drivers from the web site.

    Oh, and talk to your dealer about the other add-on CDs, if any. I didn't get them, but then again, I didn't need them.

  3. hey Ubuntu is a great idea! good to hear people out there are really going that route. Might I make a suggestion? Try SimplyMepis 3.3. If you do any DTP it comes with Scribus a great program that runs like Quark Express but works. It uses kde though to get the full operation out of Scribus. Thanks for using linux!