Configuring Notebooks Your Way

Compaq targets small and midsize companies.

N180, N160 platforms For small and midsize businesses, being able to order what you need is important. Compaq Computer Corp. last month began offering configuration capabilities in its Evo Notebook N180 and N160 platforms.

Variety of setups Users can specify a number of the notebooks attributes, including panel size and resolution, optical drives—including DVD/CD-RW and CD-RW—hard drive size, memory capabilities, and operating system.

Component options The N180 offers Pentium III-M 1.2GHz chips, an ATI Technologies Inc. Mobility Radeon M6 graphics controller and up to 32MB of double-data-rate RAM. Pricing for the N180 starts at $1,599. The N160 comes with a thin design—it weighs about 6 pounds—and with the choice of a Pentium III-M or a Celeron chip. The N160 starts at $1,219.