Compaq Introduces the Ultimate Travel Companion - A Fully-Loaded, Ultra-Portable Notebook for Under $2,000

The New Presario 800 Offers Superior Access With a New High-Speed

Wireless Internet Service - 'iPAQnet(TM) Mobile Internet'



Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Compaq Computer Corporation

    HOUSTON, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Compaq Computer Corp. (NYSE:   CPQ) today
 introduced its newest notebook PC for the U.S. home and small business market:
 the Presario 800 series.  Starting at $1,799(a), this ultra-portable PC has a
 sleek, sophisticated design that is under one inch thin and less than
 3.5 pounds, so it's small and lightweight enough to carry effortlessly and
 discreetly, yet provides the same cutting edge technology and performance
 offered on larger notebook PCs.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990318/COMPAQLOGO )
     "The Presario 800 is specifically designed for independent mobile
 professionals who are on the go and want anytime, anywhere access to their
 personal and business computing and Internet-based communications needs," said
 Kevin Frost, Compaq's Vice President, Mobile Products, Access Business Group.
 "The small, compact design of this PC, combined with the highest portable
 performance, provides mobility to match customer lifestyles, giving them the
 freedom to be more productive in more places."
     Configurations feature the low voltage Intel Pentium(R) III 700 MHz
 processor, a 12.1" TFT XGA screen, 20 GB hard drives, 128 MB of memory and
 external optical drive options that include CD, CD-RW or DVD drives.  It also
 has a rugged magnesium alloy shell that provides the durability necessary for
 frequent use and today's active lifestyles.
 
     iPAQnet Mobile Internet
     Also announced today as an additional option available on the Presario 800
 is Compaq's new, high speed wireless Internet service -- iPAQnet Mobile
 Internet Solution, powered by WorldCom Wireless Internet Service in
 conjunction with WorldCom's high performance global IP network and the
 Metricom (Nasdaq:   MCOM) Ricochet national wireless network.  The service is
 the fastest available today, operating at speeds of 128 Kbs.  The wireless
 service is immediately available in 13 cities(b).
     "The Presario 800 with iPAQnet Mobile Internet is Compaq's innovative
 solution for highly active, highly mobile people who need access to the
 Internet in a convenient, easy-to-carry and reasonably priced package," said
 Frost.  "Compaq is leading the way in making the Internet truly pervasive and
 always accessible to our customers."
     Beginning today, consumers can purchase the new Presario 800 notebook
 through Compaq's "Built for You" program or on the shelf at participating
 retailers, by calling 1-800-888-0220 or on Compaq's Home and Office Web site
 at http://athome.Compaq.com .  Compaq's "Built for You" program allows
 customers to configure their PCs to meet their specific needs and gives them
 access to the latest products as soon as they become available.
     Available for purchase with the high-performance PC are the equipment and
 services that make up iPAQnet Mobile Internet: a Novatel Wireless Merlin(TM)
 Ricochet PC Card and WorldCom Wireless Internet service.  All necessary
 equipment and airtime service are included with the PC at an additional cost
 of $299 plus $74.95 per month for unlimited airtime(c).  However, this bundle
 is only available directly from Compaq via the toll-free number or the company
 Web site.
     In addition to the Presario 800, the iPAQnet Mobile Internet solution will
 be available on other Compaq mobile commercial products, such as the Armada
 notebook family and the iPAQ Pocket PC and will be available for all other
 Presario notebooks later this quarter.
     For more information about the Presario 800 and iPAQnet Mobile Internet,
 please visit:  http://athome.Compaq.com .
     For more information about other newly announced products from Compaq,
 including a variety of wireless access solutions and wireless local areas
 networking products for commercial and small office/home office environments,
 please visit:  http://athome.Compaq.com .
 
     Company Background
     Compaq Computer Corporation, a Fortune Global 100 company, is a leading
 global provider of technology and solutions.  Compaq designs, develops,
 manufactures, and markets hardware, software, solutions, and services,
 including industry-leading enterprise computing solutions, fault-tolerant
 business-critical solutions, and communications products, commercial desktop
 and portable products, and consumer PCs that are sold in more than
 200 countries.  Information on Compaq and its products and services is
 available at www.compaq.com .
 
     Notes:
     (a) $1,799 pricing available on "Built for You" Presario 800 notebooks in
         the U.S. only, not including wireless service.
 
     (b) Available markets include Atlanta, San Diego, Phoenix, Houston,
         Dallas, Minneapolis, New York, Baltimore, San Francisco, Philadelphia,
         Detroit, Denver and Los Angeles with more expected this year.
 
     (c) The $74.95/month price requires customers to sign up for a 1-year
         service contract.
 
     Compaq and the Compaq logo Registered U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
 Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks
 of their respective companies.  This press release may contain forward-looking
 statements based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and
 uncertainties.  The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual
 results to differ materially include: component shortages, delays in the
 implementation of changes in delivery models, increased competitive
 environment and pricing pressures, delays in product rollout schedules, slow
 acceptance for new form factors, employee retention, disruptions related to
 restructuring actions, the financial condition of resellers, delays in new
 systems implementation, operational inefficiencies related to sales cycles,
 equity investment volatility, and emerging market political or economic
 instability.  Further information on the factors that could affect Compaq's
 financial results is included in Compaq's Securities and Exchange Commission
 (SEC) filings, including the latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and the latest
 quarterly report on Form 10-Q.
 
 

SOURCE Compaq Computer Corporation
    HOUSTON, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Compaq Computer Corp. (NYSE:   CPQ) today
 introduced its newest notebook PC for the U.S. home and small business market:
 the Presario 800 series.  Starting at $1,799(a), this ultra-portable PC has a
 sleek, sophisticated design that is under one inch thin and less than
 3.5 pounds, so it's small and lightweight enough to carry effortlessly and
 discreetly, yet provides the same cutting edge technology and performance
 offered on larger notebook PCs.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990318/COMPAQLOGO )
     "The Presario 800 is specifically designed for independent mobile
 professionals who are on the go and want anytime, anywhere access to their
 personal and business computing and Internet-based communications needs," said
 Kevin Frost, Compaq's Vice President, Mobile Products, Access Business Group.
 "The small, compact design of this PC, combined with the highest portable
 performance, provides mobility to match customer lifestyles, giving them the
 freedom to be more productive in more places."
     Configurations feature the low voltage Intel Pentium(R) III 700 MHz
 processor, a 12.1" TFT XGA screen, 20 GB hard drives, 128 MB of memory and
 external optical drive options that include CD, CD-RW or DVD drives.  It also
 has a rugged magnesium alloy shell that provides the durability necessary for
 frequent use and today's active lifestyles.
 
     iPAQnet Mobile Internet
     Also announced today as an additional option available on the Presario 800
 is Compaq's new, high speed wireless Internet service -- iPAQnet Mobile
 Internet Solution, powered by WorldCom Wireless Internet Service in
 conjunction with WorldCom's high performance global IP network and the
 Metricom (Nasdaq:   MCOM) Ricochet national wireless network.  The service is
 the fastest available today, operating at speeds of 128 Kbs.  The wireless
 service is immediately available in 13 cities(b).
     "The Presario 800 with iPAQnet Mobile Internet is Compaq's innovative
 solution for highly active, highly mobile people who need access to the
 Internet in a convenient, easy-to-carry and reasonably priced package," said
 Frost.  "Compaq is leading the way in making the Internet truly pervasive and
 always accessible to our customers."
     Beginning today, consumers can purchase the new Presario 800 notebook
 through Compaq's "Built for You" program or on the shelf at participating
 retailers, by calling 1-800-888-0220 or on Compaq's Home and Office Web site
 at http://athome.Compaq.com .  Compaq's "Built for You" program allows
 customers to configure their PCs to meet their specific needs and gives them
 access to the latest products as soon as they become available.
     Available for purchase with the high-performance PC are the equipment and
 services that make up iPAQnet Mobile Internet: a Novatel Wireless Merlin(TM)
 Ricochet PC Card and WorldCom Wireless Internet service.  All necessary
 equipment and airtime service are included with the PC at an additional cost
 of $299 plus $74.95 per month for unlimited airtime(c).  However, this bundle
 is only available directly from Compaq via the toll-free number or the company
 Web site.
     In addition to the Presario 800, the iPAQnet Mobile Internet solution will
 be available on other Compaq mobile commercial products, such as the Armada
 notebook family and the iPAQ Pocket PC and will be available for all other
 Presario notebooks later this quarter.
     For more information about the Presario 800 and iPAQnet Mobile Internet,
 please visit:  http://athome.Compaq.com .
     For more information about other newly announced products from Compaq,
 including a variety of wireless access solutions and wireless local areas
 networking products for commercial and small office/home office environments,
 please visit:  http://athome.Compaq.com .
 
     Company Background
     Compaq Computer Corporation, a Fortune Global 100 company, is a leading
 global provider of technology and solutions.  Compaq designs, develops,
 manufactures, and markets hardware, software, solutions, and services,
 including industry-leading enterprise computing solutions, fault-tolerant
 business-critical solutions, and communications products, commercial desktop
 and portable products, and consumer PCs that are sold in more than
 200 countries.  Information on Compaq and its products and services is
 available at www.compaq.com .
 
     Notes:
     (a) $1,799 pricing available on "Built for You" Presario 800 notebooks in
         the U.S. only, not including wireless service.
 
     (b) Available markets include Atlanta, San Diego, Phoenix, Houston,
         Dallas, Minneapolis, New York, Baltimore, San Francisco, Philadelphia,
         Detroit, Denver and Los Angeles with more expected this year.
 
     (c) The $74.95/month price requires customers to sign up for a 1-year
         service contract.
 
     Compaq and the Compaq logo Registered U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
 Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks
 of their respective companies.  This press release may contain forward-looking
 statements based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and
 uncertainties.  The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual
 results to differ materially include: component shortages, delays in the
 implementation of changes in delivery models, increased competitive
 environment and pricing pressures, delays in product rollout schedules, slow
 acceptance for new form factors, employee retention, disruptions related to
 restructuring actions, the financial condition of resellers, delays in new
 systems implementation, operational inefficiencies related to sales cycles,
 equity investment volatility, and emerging market political or economic
 instability.  Further information on the factors that could affect Compaq's
 financial results is included in Compaq's Securities and Exchange Commission
 (SEC) filings, including the latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and the latest
 quarterly report on Form 10-Q.
 
 SOURCE  Compaq Computer Corporation