IBM Aptiva E 2158 (58275UK)

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Review of "IBM Aptiva E 2158 (58275UK)"

published 16/08/2000 | carltonf
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Pro VFM, Build Quality, IBM!!
Cons Lack of expansion potential
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"Aptive Expansion Limited"

This is a tricky one. I am an IT professional, but I bought a machine which most of my peers would not have touched. And I suppose only now I am getting frustrated.

I bought the Aptiva from Comet for £999 last Christmas. PIII 500, DVD and 17" monitor was the criteria I set. It only had 64MB RAM, but that was ok for beginners. I bought it from Comet for the interest free credit. I still consider it a good deal.

There was not much software with the machine - Lotus Smartsuite (which I would not use nowadays - our office uses MS Office, and it is so much easier to use the same). A few games were thrown in by Comet though. I primarily wanted the machine for VB programming at home. And the machine was fine. Fast, lots of hard disk space, decent monitor.

The whole package is very nice. Colour coded cables and ports. Nice flap for the hidden 2nd drive bay. Good utility software.

I soon added a CD writer, and 64MB more RAM. Now, that is both of the memory slots taken up (should be ok for a couple of years though), but more worrying - all of the disk bays - 2x3.5" and 2x5.24". The CD used a SCSI card, leaving only one free expansion slot.

A few months ago, I bought a digital video editing card (Pyro - see review elsewhere - it is excellent), and the last slot is used. I bought another hard disk last week, completely forgetting about the lack of bays. So I considered fabricating some kind of mounting. But then I noticed there was no spare power lead. Hmmm, buy a splitter I thought. But then I notice the miserly 100W power supply. Come on IBM, give us a little bit of scope please! I am going to buy a firewire disk cradle. That should do the trick, but it is all more money.

I was thinking of buying a new case, but the layout of the motherboard and ports seem to prohibit this. This is where the review dilema comes. For the average user, this machine is excellent. Everything about it is quality. But from my point of view - Mr expansion, I should have known better. Just think about your future needs before you buy one. As I say, for most of you, it will be fine, and would certainly recommend the IBM Aptiva to any of my (non-nerd) friends.

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  • s_ach_22 published 31/05/2004
    Good informative review... Expected from a IT professional... S
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Product Information : IBM Aptiva E 2158 (58275UK)

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Product Details

Product Description: IBM Aptiva E 2158 - K6-2 450 MHz - 64 MB - 8 GB - CRT 17"

Type: PC

Form Factor: Mini tower

Localisation: English / United Kingdom

Processor: 1 x AMD K6-2 450 MHz

Processor Socket: Socket 7

Cache Memory: 512 KB (installed) / 512 KB (max) - L2 Cache - Pipeline Burst

RAM: 64 MB (installed) / 256 MB (max) - SDRAM - non-ECC - 100 MHz

Storage Controller: IDE ( ATA-33 ) - PCI

Floppy Drive: 3.5" 1.44 MB floppy

Hard Drive: 1 x 8 GB - ATA-33

Optical Storage: DVD-ROM

Monitor: 17" - CRT

Graphics Controller: AGP - ATI RAGE PRO TURBO

Video Memory: 8 MB SDRAM

Audio Output: Integrated - ESS Solo-1 - stereo - 16-bit

Communications: Fax / modem - PCI - plug-in card - 56 Kbps

Power: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

OS Provided: Microsoft Windows 98

Dimensions (WxDxH): 19 cm x 37 cm x 38.4 cm

Weight: 12 kg

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty


MPN: 58275UK

Type: PC

Recommended Use: Home use

Product Form Factor: Mini tower

Colour: White

Localisation: English / United Kingdom

Processor / Chipset

CPU: AMD K6-2 450 MHz

CPU Qty: 1

Max CPU Qty: 1

CPU Upgradability: Upgradeable

CPU Socket: Socket 7

Front Side Bus: 100 MHz

Cache Memory

Installed Size: L2 Cache - 512 KB Pipeline Burst


Installed Size: 64 MB / 256 MB (max)

Technology: SDRAM - non-ECC

Memory Speed: 100 MHz

Form Factor: DIMM 168-PIN

Upgrade Rule: Max 128 MB module

Hard Drive

Type: HDD

Capacity: 1 x 8 GB

Interface Type: ATA-33

Storage Controller

Type: IDE - integrated - PCI

Controller Interface Type: ATA-33

Floppy Drive

Type: 3.5" 1.44 MB floppy

Optical Storage


Read Speed: 6x

Media Load Type: Tray


Monitor Type: CRT

Diagonal Size: 17"

Graphics Controller

Type: Plug-in card

Interface Type: AGP

Graphics Processor: ATI RAGE PRO TURBO

Video Memory: 8 MB / 8 MB (max) SDRAM

Supported Display Graphics: VGA (640x480), XGA (1024x768), SVGA (800x600), SXGA (1280x1024)

Video Interfaces: VGA

Audio Output

Type: Integrated

Signal Processor: ESS Solo-1

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Compliant Standards: Sound Blaster 16/Pro

Speakers: 2 x right / left channel

Input Device

Type: Mouse, keyboard


Modem: Fax / modem - PCI - plug-in card

Max Transfer Rate: 56 Kbps

Protocols & Specifications: ITU V.90, k56Flex , Hayes AT command set

Expansion / Connectivity

Bays: 2 (total) / 1 (free) x external 5.25" x 1/2H ¦ 1 (total) / 0 (free) x external 3.5" x 1/3H ¦ 1 (total) / 0 (free) x internal 3.5" x 1/3H

Slots: 1 (total) / 0 (free) x CPU ¦ 1 (total) / 1 (free) x shared PCI / ISA - full-length ¦ 2 (total) / 1 (free) x PCI - full-length ¦ 2 (total) / 1 (free) x memory - DIMM 168-PIN ¦ 1 (total) / 0 (free) x AGP - full-length

Interfaces: 1 x PS/2 mouse ¦ 2 x USB ¦ 1 x microphone ¦ 1 x VGA ¦ 1 x parallel ¦ 1 x audio line-in ¦ 1 x gameport / MIDI - generic ¦ 1 x PS/2 keyboard ¦ 1 x audio line-out ¦ 1 x headphones / remote control - output ¦ 1 x serial


Features: Power-on password

Compliant Standards: Plug and Play


Device Type: Power supply

Nominal Voltage: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

Power Provided: 95 Watt

Compliant Standards: EPA Energy Star

Operating System / Software

OS Provided: Microsoft Windows 98

OS Certified: Microsoft Windows 98

Software: Drivers & Utilities, Compuserve, AOL, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Norton AntiVirus, Netscape Communicator, IBM ViaVoice, Microsoft Outlook Express, Lotus SmartSuite Millennium

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year - carry-in

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 19 cm

Depth: 37 cm

Height: 38.4 cm

Weight: 12 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 10 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 35 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 8 - 80%


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