Laptops

Cracking Open an ultrabook ancestor the Compaq Armada M300

Cracking Open the Compaq Armada M300

Long before Intel dreamed up the term "ultrabook", computer makers were selling laptops designed to be highly portable. These machines were thinner and lighter than traditional laptops with only slightly less power.

I used one such machine when I first started at TechRepublic--the Compaq Armada M300. It served me well for many years, and I couldn't think of a more fitting tribute than to crack it open.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

3 comments
CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

The optional docking station was roughly the same dimensions as the laptop itself. The laptop sat squarely on top of it, so the combined pair has the same width and depth as the computer by itself, but double the height. Like its modern successors, I recall there were some trade-offs - mostly the lack of an on-board optical drive. I remember admiring the way the battery could be rotated to set the unit at an angle. I also remember we had only two of them. Periodically our laptop users go through a phase where weight is their only concern, and we purchased these for a couple of VPs during one of these periods. They quickly decide the M300 was underpowered for their purposes, and put up with heavier units with more horsepower and integral drives.

S.Gayathri
S.Gayathri

I want to discuss about writing the application software for example a monitor program like display of icon in the LCD display.How to write the application software for this product sir .What is the most common software language used for writing application software

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Your question has nothing to do with this 'tear down'. You'll get much better results if you start a new discussion on your own topic.