Compaq heads home

Compaq Computer ships its first line of consumer notebook PCs.

Compaq Computer (CPQ) is shipping its first line of consumer notebook PCs.

The company said today that its new line of feature-rich, consumer-oriented notebooks, the Presario 1000, is now available in stores along with the Presario 3000 series of compact desktop computers, which has a 12.1-inch LCD screen integrated into the PC unit.

Available configurations for the notebooks were announced today. The entry-level 1010 will come with 120-MHz Pentium processor, 16MB of EDO RAM, 810MB hard drive, 4X CD-ROM drive, and 11.3-inch, dual-scan display. Retail price is set at $2,499.

The midrange 1020 will have a 1GB hard drive, 6X CD-ROM drive, and an internal 33.6-kbps modem for $2,999, while the top-of-the-line 1030 will have a 133-MHz Pentium, 1.44GB hard drive, and 11.3-inch, active-matrix screen for $3,799, including modem. The 1030 isn't expected to be available in stores until mid-November, however.

Compaq's Presario 3000 desktop computers come with a 166-MHz Pentium processor, 256KB of pipeline burst cache, 2GB hard drive, and 33.6-kbps DSVD modem for $3,499. A 12.1-inch, active-matrix, flat-panel display is included.