Compaq Presario 1800T Notebook
We don't normally give ratings of 95 -- a product has to wrestle that rating from us with kicks, bites, and insinuations about our parentage. But after reviewing notebooks for years and buying and returning three, we recently bought, kept, and loved the Compaq Presario 1800T.
A desktop replacement also meant at least a 20GB hard drive. The 32GB option was out of range financially but the 20GB hard drive was more than adequate. Using the middle-of-the-road 700MHz Pentium III, an exact replica of a standard desktop, left no regrets. The integrated 10/100 Base-T Ethernet jack was important. Together with the built-in 56K modem, we were set to communicate at home and on the road.
The Presario 1800T has a wide, satisfying keyboard, with the first touch-pad that is truly user-friendly. The cursor control is precise, and the click keys are positioned to minimize mistakes. There are even rubber buttons to scroll up and down through pages the way a scrolling mouse does. Add a "real" mouse using the USB slot, and neither mouse disables the other, so you can use whatever is handy at the moment. There are also PS/2 and serial ports for a mouse connection. The 1800T prints via parallel, serial, or USB ports. There's also a docking port allowing users to leave everything plugged in when the machine is taken out of the office.
The Presario excels where other notebooks fail. Power conservation is smart and easy to control. Function keys have self-explanatory symbols and are easy to read. Most of all, everything you could want in a desktop is in this less than 13 x 11 x 2-inch, seven-pound, eight-ounce notebook. The bottom line: a powerful notebook at a reasonable price point.
Compaq Computer Corp.