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Short Take: Compaq beefs up notebooks

Compaq Computer today beefed up some commercial notebooks, simultaneously cutting prices as much as 8 percent. The Armada M700 and E500 are now available with 650-MHz Pentium III SpeedStep processors, which clock back to 500 MHz when running on batteries. Prices start at $3,699 for the M700 and $2,899 for the E500. The Armada M300, priced at $2,649, now comes with a 500-MHz Pentium III and supports Windows 2000.

Compaq Computer today beefed up some commercial notebooks, simultaneously cutting prices as much as 8 percent. The Armada M700 and E500 are now available with 650-MHz Pentium III SpeedStep processors, which clock back to 500 MHz when running on batteries. Prices start at $3,699 for the M700 and $2,899 for the E500. The Armada M300, priced at $2,649, now comes with a 500-MHz Pentium III and supports Windows 2000.