Compaq unveils Presario 800, expanded wireless service

Compaq Computer Corp. on Wednesday introduced its new Presario 800 series notebook PC for the mobile professional.

The new 3.5 pound (1.58 kilograms) notebook PC starts at US$1,799 and is available now in the U.S., the company said in a statement. The laptop comes with an Intel Corp. 700MHz Pentium III processor, 128M-byte PC100 SDRAM (Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory), 20G bytes of hard drive storage, 56k V.90 PCI (Peripheral Component Interface) modem, and a 12.1 inch (30.73 centimeters) TFT (Thin Filter Transistor) XGA (Extended Graphics Array) screen.

In addition, the Presario 800 has external optical drive options like CD (Compact Disc), CD-RW (Compact Disc-rewriteable) or DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) drives. The Presario 800 has a magnesium alloy shell for rugged use, Compaq said.

The computer maker also is offering wireless Internet service with the Presario 800 as an additional option. The service is called Compaq's iPaqnet Mobile Internet Solution. The service offers 128K bps (bits per second) wireless Internet service and is available in 13 U.S. cities, the company said.

The equipment package for the wireless Internet has a Novatel Wireless Inc. Merlin Ricochet PC Card and WorldCom Inc. Wireless Internet service. Equipment and airtime come with the notebook PC at an additional cost of $299 plus $74.95 a month for unlimited airtime, Compaq said.

In a separate wireless announcement, Compaq said it would expand its iPaqnet Mobile Internet Solution for Armada notebook PCs. iPaqnet Mobile Internet Solutions offer e-mail, wireless Internet and wireless Intranet capabilities for Compaq iPaq Pocket PCs, the Presario 800 series and now the Armada notebook family, Compaq said. The wireless technology works over the CDPD (Cellular Digital Packet Data) network run by GoAmerica Communications Corp.

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