Laptop Lowdown

There's a model for every need and taste--with plenty of action at both ends of the market

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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