Compaq is revamping its Armada line of notebooks to bring interchangeable components to each model.
The first product in the line, the M300, is available now, with two more models expected in September and a further two by the end of the year.
All new products are based on the existing Armada range but will include common drives, memory cards, power cables and docking units. The existing range will be sold until the end of the year.
Since all components in the line will be interchangeable, a company can buy a limited number of them to distribute in its staff's models as and when needed, Compaq said. The company claimed that this would simplify purchasing and reduce total cost of ownership. Several competing models, including IBM's ThinkPad, can already share components such as zip drives.
The M300 is an ultra-portable notebook, weighing 3.1lb, and includes a 333MHz Pentium processor, 11.3in display and 6.4Gb hard disk. It is available now, priced at £1,879.
The two models planned for September are the M700 and E700. The M700 comes with either a 366MHz or 400MHz processor with 6Gb and 10Gb hard drives respectively. The E700 comes with a 400MHz processor, 14Gb hard drive and 128Mb RAM as standard. Both have a 14in TFT screen.
By the end of the year, Compaq hopes to complete the range with the entry-level V300 notebook and E500 expandable mid-range notebook. Prices for all except the M300 have yet to be announced.
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