First Look: Compaq’s New Wireless Ready Notebooks

Wayne N. Kawamoto
Managing Editor,

Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) announced its Presario 2800 and Evo N800 notebooks, two new wireless-ready notebook computers that should deliver desktop equivalent performance. Both the Presario 2800 and Evo N800 use the new Mobile Intel 1.7 GHz Pentium 4-M processor.

Originally introduced with the Evo line of notebooks, the MultiPort wireless solution will now be available on a variety of future Compaq Presario and Evo Notebooks. MultiPort is designed to provide users the convenience of accessing access the Internet or their enterprise network without cables. Currently available in either an 802.11b or Bluetooth module, MultiPort may provide customers greater performance than traditional wireless PC cards and increased flexibility for upgrading and expanding.

Presario 2800
The Presario 2800 delivers integrated 802.11b wireless in a notebook that weighs less than 6 pounds. The system includes a 1.7 GHz Mobile Intel Pentium 4-M processor, 30 GB hard drive, 15″ SXGA+ panel, ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics with 64 MB of DDR (Double Data Rate) memory, DVD/CD-RW combo drive, additional MultiBay battery, 802.11b MultiPort and USB 2.0 support. Pricing for this configuration starts at $2,399.

Evo N800
The new Evo N800 offers Pentium 4 processors in a slim 1.3″ thin design. The notebook’s modular design includes MultiPort and MultiBay which should allow for easy integration of wireless, removable media, and other performance enhancements. A three-year warranty is standard on select Evo N800 models.

The Evo N800 will feature the latest Mobile Intel Pentium 4-M processors, up to a 60 GB hard drive, choice of up to 15″ panels including UXGA+ resolution, ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics with up to 64 MB of DDR memory, various optical drives including a DVD/CD-RW combo drive and USB 2.0 support. The Evo N800 is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2002.

Customer Service and Support
All Compaq notebooks offer product care and customer service for full product lifecycle assistance. eServices, including the industry leading Compaq Customer Communities and email response system are available to customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Additional service plans such as Accidental Damage Protection and hardware warranty extensions are also available.

Small Business Computing Staff
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