Compaq launches combined Evo range

Compaq yesterday teased media and customers with a concept fold-out notebook with wireless keyboard when it launched the latest models of its combined Evo business range.

Compaq yesterday teased media and customers with a concept fold-out notebook with wireless keyboard when it launched the latest models of its combined Evo business range.

Evo, which will slowly subsume the current Armada notebook, Deskpro and Professional workstation, iPaq desktop and thin client ranges, is the responsibility of the newly formed access business group, which unites the previous consumer and commercial PC groups within Compaq.

The Dual Worlds concept device – one of eight handmade mock-ups touring the globe – is intended to fold out to act as a desktop replacement. It came with no shipping date or price, but is likely to sell for something less than $US4000 and certainly less than would a combined PC and notebook, Compaq said at the media presentation. The keyboard is wirelessly connected to the notebook unit, which would run a hard drive, floppy drive and CD-ROM, Compaq says. The touchpad is also removable and could be linked wirelessly. Also on display at Compaq’s roadshow will be a concept Tablet PC, that offers both pen-based tablet and keyboard.

Evos come in an “industrial” design of carbon and silver, the silver strip of the notebooks concealing the USB-based MultiPort technology, which integrates a radio and antennae into a single assembly that sits flush with the cover. New products include the Evo Notebook N400c, the upgrade for the ultralight Armada M300, and a new entry-level Evo Notebook N150. The N400c boasts both wired and wireless networking through Compaq’s MultiPort technology, and users can switch between devices using Bluetooth or 802.11b wireless standards. Two professional workstation replacements and a thin-client T20 will be available in the next month.

The low-end Presarios, iPaq PDAs and appliances and Compaq’s three server ranges are unaffected by the changes.

Over 600 people were expected at last night’s launch for customers. The roadshow started in Singapore and will end in Karachi.

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