Advertising executive Stephen C. Wakeen loves his laptop. When he's in the Manhattan headquarters of Emmerling Post Inc., where he's executive vice-president, Wakeen uses his Compaq Armada 4140 in place of a desktop computer. When he leaves his office, he slides the Armada, a five-pound, 1 1/2-in.-thick machine about the size of a fat composition book, out of a base, which includes a CD-ROM drive, and into his briefcase. It's not the most powerful computer around, but it meets his needs. "A guy like me needs functionality, and I need to be able to depend on it," says Wakeen.
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