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Lady's and Gentleman, FLAWS!! I bought one of these for a company rep, never again! Compaq have gone down hill ever since being bought over by HP (Hewlett Packard) in 2002. Their laptops have dropped dramatically, in technology spec. I own 2 companies, but before that I worked as a sales person in Dixons and when I heard we were getting Compaq laptops in I laughed. They look fantastic, but that?s it: There crap. Most these days are running on AMD or Athlon processors and lets face it there not the greatest thing since sliced bread. I use to do maintenance in college and building and fixing Compaq laptops was just a joke. There processors are terrible, the way they have laid out the mother board, the HDD and the drive bay is laughable. I mean COME ON?they use to be so good, what the hell is going on?? And HP, im not impressed with you people either, your printers have suffered from all the take over glory over at the Compaq head quarters, come on get a grip! HP need to get over them selves and start putting in some real effort into their own work and Compaq?s and as for Compaq, some one really needs to get some coffee in the face at the technology department
Finally a computer that seems to stand up to being carted round and used frequently. I have used it for over 2 years and have little desire to change it. Disadvantages: 1. Little low on RAM on purchase models - tend to be only 32MB - I added more RAM after the first year to allow me to run more applications concurrently, and I have never looked back. 2. I think that the floppy is somewhat redundant, once you get a USB powered Zip drive. Floppies are unreliable and store so little, so don't be put off with models that don't come with a floopy drive as standard. Advantages: 1. Nice keyboard, good function keys and sensible key size 2. Reliable Touching wood, I have only ever had it crash a few times in over two years! Even using the supposedly unsteady Win ME! 3. Cost - very competitive, although some of the new Compaq EVO models are better value, as long as a Pentium M(Mobile) 4 chip is included. Alternatives: 1. HP - doing some nice looking laptops at the moment. And after their merger with compaq, will no doubt be stronger still. But I don't have much experience with the HP laptops, so do a dooyoo search for them. 2. Sony VAIO - Overpriced and less reliable in my experience. ( I know 4 people that bought sony vaio laptops, and 2 of them had failed hard drives after only 16 months! - ouch to the repair costs!) Sure they look sexier than the rest but afterall It's not ALL about looks! My Machine Specification: Processor:AMD-K6 333MHz HD 4.0GB RAM 160MB Video Card: 16 Bit Color NeoMagic MagicGraph128XD(Max Listed Color Depth 640x400: 24-Bit 640x480: 24-Bit 800x600: 24-Bit) Tip: There are 3 corner-stones to a computer - RAM, Video-memory and Processor. Get those at a reasonable specification, and it's a good base for anything. Think
of them when you buy your next machine. Summary: a fab machine, which has persuaded me that I should buy compaq again and again, and again!
I'm running a series 1200 model 12XL505 running windows ME. I like the way the system is set up and I've not had any real problems in the 4 months I've owned it. I didn't care for the touch-pad built in as they are a bit sensitive and are not friendly to big fingers so I'm running an external optical mouse. The DVD played videos well on a 17" external monitor using the built in connection however TV/VCR RCA connections would have been a nice built in addition. The speakers are not the highest quality and are not recommended for music however voice and sound effects are acceptable. The weight of the system is good however it isn't light enough to carry around on a constant basis. All in all I really like the system and would recommend it to anyone looking for a system.
The Compaq 1200 series are amazing notebooks, Durable, powerful and economic, this laptop is well worth the Price. The speaker system is brilliant and produces a loud, crisp sound that only a Hi-Fi could beat, with a standard of 64mb it is a very powerful machine but I Would recomend upgrading it 128mb ram. The fact that it is celeron is dissapointing but it still performs very well. The 12.2 inch screen is very good quality and the 6x speed DVDrom is a very large advance on the previous laptops which were only 2x or 4x speed. The Hard drive is a bit of a dissapointment as the standard is only 6gig and has a partition making it confusing at times because the Downloading and saving windows are preset to "C:/"which makes it hard for unexperianced users. It has two usb ports but does not have a serial port which is is annoying if you have a pda which usually syncronise through the serial but since everything else now goes through usb it doesnt really matter. It has two pcmcia ports which is useful for expansion purposes and extra modems or ethernet cards but it doesnt come with infrared as standard. It has four navigation buttons which can be assigned to any program which are brilliant. The 1200 series runs on the windows me os which is Faster at loading up since it does not use msdos and it runs programs much faster than windows 98. Dont worry about the msdos programs you have though, there is a program that allows you to run msdos programs in ME so theres nothing wrong with that. All together its an amazing machine!
I've had my laptop for about 4 months now, and although I had problems at first, I solved them all now. When I went on the net I could never connect for more than 5 minutes. But after having downloaded a file from the compaq site for the modem, I don't have any problems anymore now. Other than that I have not had any other problems. It is easy to use better speakers than the build-in ones by using the headphone socket. There are two USB out puts, LPT1, mouse and screen out puts on the back. Also, there are two PCI sockets on the side to use an LAN card or anything else. It's a pitty that you don't get Excel with the notebook. I think it should be a standart on every computer. The notebook looks good, and the keys press well and the touchpad mouse is very good.
I've had a Compaq Presario 1260 for over 2 years. I've lugged it around the country, train, plane, boat and in the back of cars and it's been handled fairly "robustly" handled at times. Never once has it let me down. Easy to use - easy to read. I work as a computer trainer/consultant and I often use it for teaching purposes. The TFD screen display is so good that a group of people can all view it. In all a strong, reliable, value for money machine. I highly reccomend it.
Compaq are sure becoming leaders in producing high quality laptops that are extremely good value for money and highly specified. I got an incredible deal at pc world when I bought my Compaq Presario 1200 XL-103, this is basically an internet pc notebook crammed with all the software you’d ever need. Compaq call it an ‘internet pc’ because it has easy access one touch buttons which open your search page, e-mail, shopping pages and information with one touch. Compaq do various configurations of the 1200 with differing specifications – mine originally had a meagre 32MB of RAM, but I have upgraded this to 160MB with the insertion of the memory module, which was not expensive. The 1200 XL is a well built piece of kit which feels very sturdy, it’s only limitations are it’s single USB socket (hardly a limitation), the lack of an infra red, the cheaper NiMH battery, and it’s HPA screen- this is ok for personal use but the viewing angle for HPA is nowhere near that of TFT screens, and not quite as bright (but ok). One doesn’t expect a firewire socket at this price but you can of course get around that. The machine has one of every socket (serial, parallel, USB, external monitor, PS2, PCMCIA, microphone and headphone). I particularly like its portability and convenience. The machine sports the powerful AMD K6 3D processor and my memory upgrade has given me 8MB allocation to graphics (originally 4MB) but you can set this how you want. Notebooks are becoming better value all the time and the Compaq 1200 series gives you, at a value for money price a pretty high performance. Don’t forget that laptops do hold their value better than desktops. Highly recommended! STOP PRESS: I understand latest Compaq 1200's now have TFT screens and they look gorgeous!
Who ever would have thought, just a few years ago, that it was possible to buy a good spec laptop computer for less than £1000! My machine has a pentium 3 processor, 5.6gb HD, 32 meg RAM, CD Rom, Floppy disk drive and built in 56k modem, as well as having a memory expansion slot and preloaded software including Windows 98, Works 2000 and Word 2000! All this for only £899 at PC World! They had 3 different makes/models of laptop for this price but the Compaq had been reduced from £999 and I preferred it because it also has a mouse touch-pad which, although at first I was unsure about, now I love it!!! If you want a laptop for any purpose, I highly recommend this machine.