Not content with its number one position in the Australian PC market, Compaq has launched a new series of home PCs certain to take it to number one position in innovative design. The new range of Presario PCs feature arcade quality graphics and high-fidelity stereo sound based on the Intel Pentium chipset.
The new series is made up of four new form factors, with two tone colouring. They also incorporate Easy Access Buttons for access to commonly used multimedia features such as playing audio CDs, talking into the speakerphone, retrieving a message on the answering machine or accessing immediate on-screen help. Also included is a sleep button to power the machine down to energy saving when left to monitor incoming phone calls.
The Presario 3000 series features the industry's first full-featured flat display (12.1 inch TFT) in a desktop, and uses 40 per cent less space than conventional monitors. Other features include a four disc autoload CD changer, cordless mouse, MPEG video playback, JBL Pro audio speakers, Spatializer 3D surround sound, 33.6/14.4Kbit/sec data/fax modem, a Pentium 166Mhz pro-cessor, 24Mb of EDO RAM and a 2.0Gb hard drive.
The Compaq Presario 4000 series follows a more conventional design, allowing for either all-in-one, desktop or minitower form factors. The 400 series includes the same modem, audio and video options of the 3000 series, but with a choice of 120Mhz through 166Mhz Pentium processors, 4x to 8x CD-ROM drives, and 16Mb of standard memory.
The Presario 8000 has been custom designed for multimedia and games enthusiasts, featuring GamePlay 3D graphics, JBL Pro audio premium speakers with sub-woofer and InterWave 32-voice wavetable sound. Specifications include a Pentium 200Mhz processor, 32Mb of system memory, 256Kb of pipeline cache and 2Mb graphics memory. The 8000 series also features a Compaq game pad.
All machines are available from Compaq distributors.