Compaq EVO N400C Notebook Hardware test
Before entering the subject, I would like and we talk about EVO N400C predecessor: Armada M300, from the following description we will see who has the M300 N400C shadow, M300, and N400C Compaq as the top two generations of commercial ultra-thin full plug-in laptop in the market have a good sales record, the design concept, there are many attractions, the M300′s profile Compaq 167335-002 battery will help us more depth and detailed understanding of the new generation of N400C.
PII’s M300 is the most popular models on the market, and the same site before the introduction of M700, M300 models from the Celeron 333 no significant changes beginning over the design, description of the M300 design is excellent and has a very good looking !
M300 has Celeron333, Pentium II333, Pentium III500, Pentium III600 four specifications, the model until the last PIII600MHz increased only in the top four Internet keyboard shortcut keys, starting from the PIII model, M300 the card as a standard built-in components, PII The M300 is no standard built-in network card.
PII’s European and American brands in notebook computers, M300 is almost the only material used to make aluminum-magnesium alloy top and bottom cover, with black eye-catching body design and top cover on the Compaq nameplate, M300 seems very professional and reliable.
The main advantage is the compact M300 rugged laptop in the same configuration in top speed and system stability, and the speaker Compaq 213282-001 battery sound is similar models in the best, M300 is the most similar models in the port range and good heat dissipation models.
M300 The main drawback is the battery life is short, because the use of plug-type cylindrical batteries, M300 battery life less than two hours. In order to take into account the body with small, M300 keyboard that generally, the distance between the keycap small, requires the user to adapt to a period of time.
Higher in other brands launched ultra-thin models when configured, Compaq has been on hold, continue on the market M300, until September 2001, Compaq EVO just launched a new series to replace the series before the Armada, EVO series currently include EVO N600C and EVO N400C, respectively, Armada M700 and M300 of the new generation of improved models. Predecessor Armada M300 from the excellent design features inherited from the latest EVO N400C, he did not live up to our expectations, Evo (Evolution), represents the Compaq 231445-001 battery evolution and development of sublimation. Evo products for commercial access areas Presario consumer-oriented products and lifestyle-oriented products constitute the COMPAQ iPAQ’s future, “Three Musketeers.”
M300 EVO N400C has a shadow, but also on the M300 has been a significant transformation.
Network capacity strengthening: EVO series with a common MutilPort (Chinese name is called “Wan Tong Bao”) interface, you can connect is compliant with IEEE802.11b standard wireless LAN (WLAN) module, you can also connect BlueTooth (BT) module. EVO series all the built-in 10/100 Ethernet LAN networking on the host and 56K Medem.
Comfort improvements: N400c M300 uses a pointing stick instead of the touchpad, pointing stick makes N400C to use full-size keyboard keycap also lengthened the trip, before the M300 keyboard feels good enough to get a lot of shortcomings of improvement. N400C retained the original four on the M300 Internet shortcut keys, and installation of the hardware volume control buttons, the interface position have also been adjusted making wiring easier.
The appearance of landscaping: EVO N400C completely changed the appearance of the original M300 more rigid impression cap with the symbol of technology in the future of the gray, white color tone, eye-catching Compaq embedded into the plate, looks very beautiful.
Even the power transformer was changed to the more compact Mini type, and compact body with a very harmonious.
Better scalability design: N400C adds a USB interface, a total of two USB ports located in the fuselage easy to use, but retained the M300 on a special plug-in Compaq pp2051a battery interface, making the host does not need any accessories you can install two battery, second battery can also cater to the role of the keyboard bracket, stunning clever design.
We tested this N400C production from Taiwan, the configuration is the Mobile Pentium III 850MHz, Intel 440BX chipset, 128M memory, 20G Hitachi hard drive, 12.1-inch XGA resolution TFT, ATI Rage Mobility M1 graphics card (8M SGRAM video memory), Battery 1960mAh .
From the configuration point of view, this machine’s basic and site evaluation prior to SONY PCG-R505AFC flat, but somewhat less in the graphics part (R505 is the Intel 815EM chipset built-in graphics), so in subsequent tests, we will N400C memory to 256M (prior to when the test R505AFC 256M memory), the increase in memory is the same KingForce PC133 SDRAM.
The new keyboard and mouse: N400C Keyboard M300 feel bad in order to improve the shortcomings of the original touchpad into a pointing stick, freeing more space for the keyboard, which can be the same in the case of body size desktop computer uses the same size and spacing of 19mm key keyboard, and keycap trip deepened, flexibility has improved, people are used N400C Keyboard M300 may not be able to endure, and Oh!
Improved interface and new layout of the port: M300′s external battery can be used to cater to the keyboard stand, but the battery is in parallel position and fuselage, behind all the host ports will be blocked, most users can not fold when the battery carry a laptop computer, so users must keep the M300 and fold flat battery (unless you do not use all the back of the console interface), which caused the M300′s battery interface more susceptible to wear and tear, N400C this made improvements to the bottom of the main battery to move the machine, this could allow the battery to become keyboard stand, so that there is a certain angle of the keyboard to improve typing feel, and can not stop the host behind the port, M300 battery interface susceptible to wear and tear problems are thus resolved.
N400C adjust the position of the Compaq evo n400c battery interface, the original host on the back of the M300 on the VGA output, USB and infrared ports are moved to the side for ease of use, N400C added a USB port, two USB ports located in the fuselage on both sides, the design and SONY R505 of the same nature, for those of us like a bunch of laptop peripherals connected players is very easy to use.
Infrared interface, moved to the side of the fuselage is a good improvement, the original M300 IR interface design in the fuselage behind, to use this interface must be under the main battery pack, but folded back under the battery was boosted after the host, the infrared Interface has become tilted upward, then you have to other infrared devices farther away from the infrared interface Compaq 292389-001 battery can transmit dead, already in the back of the infrared interface, so use more convenient, N400C infrared interface to move the machine the left side of the body much more convenient to operate.
N400C also adds a video output, Armada M700 inherited the fine traditions, the video output terminal is not the usual S-Vedio terminal, instead of using the more common RCA terminals, both in newer or older on TV can use, compatibility invincible.
Theoretically, S-Vedio terminal is Y / C separation (separation of luminance and chrominance signals), you can get better image quality, but in fact in addition to DVD playback, the average person is very difficult to clearly see the RCA jack and S-Vedio terminal image effects, respectively, and then instead of versatility and compatibility is more important.
In addition to this new interface, 1394 interface has not been outside (in fact, can be achieved through the PC Card), Compaq evo n400c battery can add WLAN functionality by MutilPort module, making it the most complete on the host port of ultra-thin notebooks full plug-in, which is on the IBM X22 SONY PCG-R505 and then to be phenomenal.
Work on the changes: the generation of the M300 top and bottom covers are magnesium alloy, and the N400C canceled bottom magnesium alloy design, to strengthen the ordinary ABS plastic, the overall feeling is N400C work than the M300 declined, especially bottom part of the more obvious, we tested this N400C battery installed in the main area near the edges should not have even appeared, and good in the end Compaq 291693-001 battery cover is not obvious. N400C’s sound is smaller than M300, there is a certain gap. Because of the lack of M300 the bottom of the reason that a large horn.
Other: weight N400C and M300 almost, a little bit heavy (not said if we believe you not feel), host weight is 1.65Kg.
N400C is not in configuration and performance advantages, and other top brands compared to ultra-thin laptops, general Compaq evo n410 battery performance fall under the wind, and the price is not much advantage, we feel that N400C has the advantage of system stability, the port is complete , comfortable and well-designed keyboard. If you are an old M300 user, we sincerely recommend N400C, you will find the familiar in the above sense of familiarity and progress. If your application does not include 3D games and production, but also a comfortable and stable, the port range of ultra-thin notebook PCs, we recommend to you N400C.
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