New Presario Is "All-in-One" Unit

Compaq's new Presario ES PCs, designed specifically for the education market, provide the benefits of networked, multimedia computing with unique ergonomic designs. First, the Presario 4104ES incorporates the latest in audio and visual technology, including support for MPEG and wavetable. Its smooth network integration helps reduce the costs associated with network management. The Presario 4406ES, meanwhile, is an "all-in-one" desktop unit housing a 15" SVGA monitor, JBL speakers and 6x speed CD-ROM drive. Its compact design suits locations where space is limited, such as K-12 classrooms and university dormrooms. The system comes standard with a 120Mhz Pentium processor, 16MB of RAM, 1.2GB hard drive and Microsoft Windows 95. Function buttons on the computer console let one easily play, rewind, forward or skip CD-ROMs as well as adjust or mute the volume. Plus, a special Smart Q button allows teachers to switch the purpose of the PC between classes by configuring up to eight customized work environments. The English page, for example, could include icons for an electronic thesaurus and dictionary, while the Science page could include icons linking to the NASA Home Page or Britannica Online on the Web. With either Presario ES model, customers can select one of 13 Compaq LearningPaqs, a compilation of leading education software from top vendors, organized by subject matter and grade level. The bundles cover math and science, language arts and social studies, general and reference, the Internet and more. Compaq Computer Corp., Houston, TX, (800) OK-COMPAQ,

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/1996 issue of THE Journal.