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Compaq Evo N200
Latest addition to Evo family
by Rick Smith (December 11, 2001)


When many people think of a Compaq laptop, they tend to think of well-built, expensive and massive portable hardware like the Armada. Even the Armada name evokes the image of massive power and strength. Compaq is now adding to their latest mobile laptop family with a new Evo model that is aggressively priced and very lightweight. It appears that Compaq is getting back to its roots of unique design and innovation, as it did when the company started (and when it introduced the revolutionary small Contura Aero in the mid 1990's).

The Compaq Evo Notebook N200 is lightest mini-notebook with a nearly all day battery life. Key features are:

  • Priced at just $1,799
  • Sub-one inch thickness (0.83 in / 2.11 cm)
  • Weighs 2.5 pounds (1.13 kg)
  • Features a 10.4" TFT XGA display
  • Uses 20 GB hard drive and 192 MB of memory
  • Is a legacy free design (no serial or parallel)
  • Single Type II PC Card Slot
  • Integrated 16-bit Stereo Sound
  • Powered by ultra-low voltage Mobile Intel Pentium III 700 MHz processor

    The very thin edge view of the Compaq Evo N200

    By combining the standard 6-cell Lithium Polymer battery with an optional 4-cell Lithium Ion external handle battery, you can get more than six hours of battery power.

    rear of Compaq Evo N200 showing secondary battery location

    The Evo N200 supports the Compaq WL110 Wireless PC Card for wireless LAN mobility and iPAQnet mobility wireless wide area networking solutions for connectivity anytime and anywhere.

    Other models currently in the Evo line are the Compaq Evo Notebook N160 and Compaq Evo Notebook N600c.

    The Compaq Evo N160 combines reasonable weight, maximum computing power and high-end multimedia capabilities for business users requiring an economical and mobile hardware platform. Key features of the N160 are:

  • Weighs just over five pounds
  • Price starts at $1,399
  • 14.1" XGA TFT display
  • Mini-PCI V.92 modem
  • Integrated 10/100 NIC
  • DVD-ROM optical drive
  • 20 GB hard drive
  • ATI Mobility Radeon Graphics
  • S-Video out
  • IEEE 1394 digital video input port
  • Powered by Intel Celeron 933 MHz or Pentium III 1000 MHz processor

    The Compaq Evo N600c has had some new technology upgrades and now delivers workstation class performance with a more powerful processor and improved graphics. Key features of the N160 are:

  • Price starts at $1,999
  • Weighs less than 5 pounds
  • ATI Mobility Radeon graphics - 32MB DDR
  • 14.1" SXGA+ TFT display
  • High performance DVD/CD-RW optical drives
  • Ergonomic full-sized keyboard
  • Contoured palm rest
  • Trackpoint and touchpad pointing device
  • Features 1.2 GHz Mobile Intel Pentium III processor

    The N600c features the interchangeable MultiPort module that slides in and becomes an integral element of the notebook. Since the MultiPort module can be changed, you can connect to several different wireless standards such as 802.11b wireless LAN or Bluetooth by simply changing modules.

    Copyright 2006 Rick Smith All rights reserved.

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