Compaq's Armada Is A Chameleon Of A Laptop

It can be ultraportable or a brawny multimedia desktop

The big buzz in laptops this summer has been "modular design." In practice, this has meant a laptop that saves space and weight by letting you alter its configuration. You can replace the floppy drive with a CD-ROM drive, for example, or add an extra battery for a long plane flight. But Compaq Computer Corp. is bidding both to redefine the modular concept and to restore its own reputation for innovation. Its new Armada 4100 series can change from ultraportable to multimedia desktop to meet your needs of the moment.

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