COMPAQ ARMADA M700 MANUAL PDF

A rather typical notebook from early s, before touchpads became standard. M was sold as a business notebook, good for text editing, spreadsheets, but also presentation graphics and even simple design works. This business application resulted in removing hardware volume keys which were quite standard in early s and making brightness setting only by driver, dependent on operating system. Contrary to Toshiba Tecra , this one has network interface built-in, with a standard Ethernet RJ45 connector.

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Portable systems market has considerably extended this year. Although there are more and more notebooks working at frequencies exceeding 1 GHz and containing the most up-to-date video accelerators the manufacturers do remember about the mid-range machines. Although there is nothing ultra-modern, a MHz processor and MBytes RAM are more than enough for standard office applications. As for displays, there are usually 13" or 14" ones which are comparable to a 15" monitor.

On the whole, I advise you to get the most balanced solution with good multimedia possibilities. Don't strive for hertz since a modern even mid-range notebook can be a good substitute for a home computer. Compaq M Well, this one is a typical business-class machine. It has an austere design, a convenient keyboard, can be easily upgraded and is relatively cheap. It weighs and measures just a bit more than the notebooks of the Slim series.

On the other hand, it allows the Armada to have a full-sized keyboard, a TFT screen, a case protected with a magnesium alloy and a MultiBay where you install any drive of a certain format offered by Compaq or an additional battery. Such a video adapter can display an image on two monitors at the same time. Among external ports there is a TV-out. Functions of PC Card models are extended as compared with the previous models: now both support the Zoomed Video mode.

Notebooks of the new series can be connected to a network since a modem-network card incorporates RJ and RJ connectors. There is also a traditional Quick Restore packet on several CDs.

Microsoft Internet Explorer Eng. Compaq Information Center Eng. Compaq Drivers Information Eng. Ring Central Fax Eng. Armada Quick Reference Eng. Ergonomics The notebook is not small: with a Power supply and battery status indicators can be seen with the lid closed. When you open the display it doesn't draw up the other parts thanks to 4 good hinges. On the right side you will find an audio-out and a mic-in. The keyboard is strongly shifted upwards so that you may rest your hands on the edge.

It is interesting that the arrow keys are not surrounded with other keys like on a usual extra keyboard where "7" and "9" keys have another function. Now you shouldn't worry what can happens if you accidently press another key. I wish though the Fn key weren't placed right under the Shift because you can also press it accidently.

The whole upper row from ESC to Del consists of keys smaller in size by a quarter: well, it will take you some time so that you may get used to them. Besides, there are two switch buttons: a blue and a black one. With the blue button you can enable the Suspend function, with the black one you can turn off the system and when pressing them both you can reset it. Switching on is implemented with any of them.

The notebook is equipped with a Q-Point Track point. The Armada series notebooks can be equipped with either Track point or Touch pad. I think that the Track point is more convenient for working in the car, for example, or in some other similar situations, i. The Touch pad, on the contrary, suits best when the notebook is on a desk. But air inside the system doesn't circulate the most efficient way: the right part is much warmer than the left one.

Another disadvantage is that network and modem connectors are too close to each other. A network adapter shouldn't cause any problems for you since Intel's cards are usually of high quality. The infrared port works flawlessly, at least, with the Ericsson RS. So does the USB one. Software The notebook has several service programs: Compaq Intelligent Manageability is in charge of Backup copying, sets an auto save period, alarm, file auto collation. Easy point IV adjusts the Q-point: sensitivity, scrolling, short description of buttons.

The settings are scarce: the cursor always moves at the same speed. At a greater speed positioning becomes worse. Energy saving mode settings. Standard energy saving schemes integrated into the Windows 98SE, auto alarm at the battery's critical level.

Calibration of battery - this function might help you increase the service life of the battery. Compaq Information Center offers information on modem, network card, quick installation of the notebook and simple ways of operation. Compaq Configuration Record contains brief characteristics of notebook's devices and checks their serial numbers according to the data from the memory. Compaq Diagnostics contains primarily description of devices than the diagnostics itself. Ring Central Fax - an average fax program.

Since we reinstalled the OS we had to use the Quick Restore packet. In course of installation of the new OS the notebook couldn't find drivers for a video card and a network one. Besides, it was very hard to find one or another program on a CD.

You can easily restore the preinstalled Windows 98 Eng, but if you need programs for another OS then you will have to serf the Internet for it. All batteries have status indicators. It is very convenient if you deal with several batteries.

Just insert it and check its status. After-sales service All equipment from Compaq is backed with a warranty. But apart from the manufacturer's warranty, the equipment is backed with additional 3-year warranty from Swifttech service center. The technical support lines work every day. The price of the notebook includes a 1-year warranty. Our score Accessories 25 15 Appearance and ergonomics 25 20 Ease of handling 25 21 User support 25 23 Total: 79 scores.

Why we lowered the score: Accessories: documentation only in English -3 ; no cover or bag -3 ; aging software - Windows 98 SE and out-dated drivers -2 ; inconvenient Restore Kit Appearance and ergonomics: Old-fashioned appearance -2 ; keyboard has some imperfections -1 ; software for cursor management lacks for flexibility and settings -1 ; ports unprotected Ease of handling: warms up significantly -1 ; out-dated status indication -2 ; FDD placed at the front User support : updates are not displayed in time on the company's sites The M is a typical mid-level model with its highs and lows.

The disadvantages are both in ergonomics and in the performance. The performance with the preinstalled OS is what worries me much.

Among its advantages is a large display; the gap between a display's edge and a lid is so minute that your attention is never diverted. Write a comment below. No registration needed! Article navigation:. Sandy Bridge. All rights reserved. By Dmitry Nikishenkov. Score max. Our score Accessories ZD Business Winstone Oct 08, Oct 04, Oct 03, Compaq Armada M Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. Most Popular Reviews. Sandy Bridge Trying out the new method.

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Portable systems market has considerably extended this year. Although there are more and more notebooks working at frequencies exceeding 1 GHz and containing the most up-to-date video accelerators the manufacturers do remember about the mid-range machines. Although there is nothing ultra-modern, a MHz processor and MBytes RAM are more than enough for standard office applications. As for displays, there are usually 13" or 14" ones which are comparable to a 15" monitor.

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