Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Compaq Armada

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Compaq Armada

Article excerpt

Compaq's Armada E500 is a good balance of affordability and performance. In our use of the notebook, we found its operation to be about as fast and smooth as any we've encountered. A 700 MHz Intel Mobile Pentium III processor with SpeedStep technology provides its seamless performance, aided by a 6GB SMART hard drive and 64MB SDRAM. For those who can do with a slightly slower performing notebook, the Armada is also available with 550 MHz Intel Celeron processors.

Very light in weight (starting at 5.7 lbs.), the integrated design of the Armada includes a 24X Max CD-ROM drive (or 8X DVD drive), built-in 56K modem, two PC card slots and a standard floppy drive. Also built in to the sleek design are nice extras like stereo speakers, an infrared transceiver, TV/Video out (NTSC/PAL), microphone, headphone jack, etc. A mylar lining under the keyboard helps protect from spills. (In an unscheduled portion of the review process, this reviewer was able to witness firsthand what a handy feature this is.)

Our Armada came installed with Windows 98; however, users can choose between Windows 95, 98, 2000 or NT Workstation 4. …

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