by November 1, 2000 0 comments

The
Compaq Aramada is well priced for its configuration. It runs on a PIII/700 MHz
processor with 64 MB of RAM. It has an ATI Rage Mobility display card with 8 MB
VRAM, which gives a maximum resolution of 1,600×1,200 with 32-bit color depth.
It has a 14.1″ TFT type LCD panel. Storage is taken care of by a 12 GB hard
drive. It has an external multi-bay, which can take in a DVD, floppy drive or
even an extra battery. The notebook along with the power supply weighed 3.19 kgs.
Adding another 2 kgs for its carry bag makes it 5.19 kgs. Like the IBM T20, this
one also has a built-in 56K modem and a LAN port. It also has 2 PCMCIA slots for
additional cards. A USB and an IR port are also available.

Compaq Armada M700 

Notebook. Rs 2,00,000
Specs: PIII/700 MHz; 64 MB RAM; 14.1″ TFT; 12 GB HDD; 8x DVD.
Pros: Good back up time; fast recharging.
Cons: Heavy.
Bundled Software: Ring Central Fax; Compaq DVD Player; Win 95/98.
Source: Compaq Computer (India) 
92 Industrial Suburb II Stage, Yeshwanthpur
Bangalore 560022. 
Tel: 80-3374785  

The notebook’s overall performance was pretty good, but the
Business Winstone99 score was lower than others at 21.5 Winmarks. It gave a
battery backup time of 3:15 hours, which is good. The recharging time was also
pretty impressive taking only 1:57 hours for a full charge. In video
performance, the notebook got the highest score in Videomark 2000. In graphics
performance, the notebook stood at 1647 in 3DMark 99 Max, which was second
highest.

So, where did the M700 lose? It had lesser RAM than all others, thereby
affecting performance a bit. And it turned out to be heavy. These two combined
edged the M700 out.

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