A wave of notebook PCs has followed last week's release of Intel's mobile Pentium II processor.
Cresting the wave was Compaq, with the 7800 series, which is also the first laptop to feature a 66MHz AGP graphics bus.
Although this is some way off the full speed implementation of AGP, it should still offer users a noticable increase in graphics performance.
Its basic specification is 266MHz PII processor, 512K L2 cache, 64Mb DRAM, 5Gb SMART hard drive, 20x CD ROM, ViRGE MX graphics processor with 4Mb of video memory and a 13.3in XGA screen.
The price of early adoption will be #4,199 and Compaq is especially proud of the machine's new-style black casing.
Intel claims that the Mobile Module (MMO) processor format allows manufacturers to quickly integrate new processors, such as PII, into their existing notebook product lines, which would include lower spec-entry level machines.
However, in order to cash in on early adopters, most big players have chosen to introduce entirely new machines before introducing the PII chip to the rest of their product lines.
Mitsubishi announced the AL720, with a 14.2in screen and a similar specification to the Compaq, but at a more affordable #2,499.
Digital was also quick off the mark with the HiNote VP765, at #3,095.
IBM, Gateway 2000, HP and Dell have also confirmed plans to launch PII notebooks in the near future, while Siemens Nixdorf has promised the magnesium-clad Scenic Mobile 800 for the summer.
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