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I have always owned a PC and never really needed a laptop although I always wanted one because in away its a gadget and I am abit of a gadget man. But recently my PC has been playing up and because I need the PC daily for my website update I thought that I should really invest in a laptop just incase my PC fails completely. I admit that I really have not much idea about laptops. IBM, Toshiba, Compaq seemed to be the big players in laptops so I thought the only way I can pick one is to visit this website and check out Ebay to see what the prices are for certain machines. After alot of searching and weighing up the odds I found this machine on Ebay for £350. Although secondhand this machine feels and looks brand new. I have MS XP with a 15inch monitor, P2 - 400mhz with a 320mb of ram, 5.5gb hard drive. The ram has been updated as I believe its alot lower than that. But anyway...as I have never had a laptop then I don't know whats fast to load etc. Anyway I received the laptop and really like all laptops from compaq its very slim. The design isn't trendy but do they need to be? Its your basic looking style of laptop: Black casing, grey keys...thats it. It has a nice and very response touch pad for the mouse but after a while I get abit annoyed with it all so I just plug the PS2 mouse in and use that. Loading time is fast...your looking at with my spec about 30secs before you can start loading programs. The screen is what I love. Apart from being big, its really clear and bright and its not one of those screens where you have to look at it just right to get the best view, you can look at it from almost any angle and still see the picture. Ports on the rear include the mouse, printer, monitor and a few more...which I don't know about. Battery life is good with about 3 hours use time if your just typing away. So far I have found no problems with it and even though my PC hasn't broke
n completely yet, I feel that the laptop is the besy way for me to go in the future. Alex
I had an upgrade in work to the Compaq Armada E500 and I was really looking forward to its arrival as the Compaq has quite a good name. The first thing that struck me was how slim the notebook is at only 1.6 inches thick. The only thing then is that you think its light but at 5.7 pounds you know you have it in your hands. With a 15 inch screen I thought it would be a strain on the eyes but no its quite adequate and the resolution is great given by a AGP 2X graphics with 8 Mb Sdram. When fully charged the battery life is three and a half hours, which is, more than long enough for meetings etc. Although the notebook has 128mb of ram I find it very slow in booting especially when networked. The normal time to boot from switch on of power is four minutes and then it needs a good minute to settle down otherwise it just crashes if you try and access programmes. The machine can come with a 8 speed DVD drive but I ended up with a 24 speed CD Rom, cost I guess. On the top by the ‘F’ keys there are hot keys for access to the Internet, which can be handy. This is the first machine that I have used with a touch pad rather than a mouse and the first thing I had to do was adjust the sensitivity as I found myself clicking on all sorts and all over the screen. The notebook also came with a three year on site support which fior the price was very good. On the whole other than the long boot up time I am quite impressed with the notebook and for the price can not argue.
This machine is a new notebook brought out buy Compaq, first looks don't look too impressive, but for its price it is rather low for a brand name computer. The specifications for the compaq Armada E500 are pretty standard, with a 600MHz Pentium III speedstep processor, a usual 128Mb of memory and a 12Gb hard disk, plus a 4x DVD-ROM drive which actually a bit slow nowadays. The performance could be better in comparison with other Pentium III 650 based computers. The price for this computer is good but if you search a bit harder you could find something a lot better, maybe not a brand name but you could get faster. * 650MHz Intel Pentium III processor * 128Mb SDRAM * 12Gb hard disk * V90 modem * 4x DVD-Rom drive * 3hr Battery life * 14.1" TFT screen * Weight 3.3Kg * No software included. Price: £2,031 inc.VAT