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Compaq Armada E500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 74 reviews of Compaq Armada E500. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and usability. The durability and image quality are also appreciated. Many are critical about the price. Reviews are divided on the performance.

reliability, image quality, durability, usability, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Compaq Armada E500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Compaq Armada E500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on People really like the durability and size. The usability and price are also appreciated, whereas there are some critical reviews about the performance.

reliability, price, usability, size, durability


80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Compaq Armada E500 - PIII 850 MHz - RAM 128 MB - HDD 20 GB - DVD - RAGE Mobility P - Win2000/NT4.0 - 15" TFT 1400 x 1050 ( SXGA+ ) - blackCompaq Armada E500 - PIII 850 MHz - RAM 128 MB - HDD 20 GB - DVD - RAGE Mobility P - Win2000/NT4.0 - 15" TFT 1400 x 1050 ( SXGA+ ) - black

Apr, 2018

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Compaq Armada E500S


Versatile laptop for small to medium-size businesses holds up to three batteries at once.

The Armada E500S is a workhorse notebook, suitable for a wide variety of business users, especially those who work out of the office for hours at a time. It's also appropriate for businesses that are already using its compatible sibling, the Armada M700.

Jan, 2001

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Compaq Armada E500


Compaq's top-of-the-line corporate laptop can hold three batteries at once.

The decked-out Armada E500 would make a reasonable choice for companies looking for a fuller-featured notebook to complement the thin-and-light Armada M700. However, both these notebooks are expensive compared with similarly equipped competitors, such...

Jan, 2001

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Compaq Armada E500


Technical characteristics: Processor: Intel Pentium III 700 MHz Memory: 64 MBytes (expandable to 512 MBytes) Hard disc: IBM-DJSA-220, 12 GBytes CD-Rom 24x (removable) ...

Oct, 2001

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Compaq - Armada E500 P3850


The Armada E500 is Compaq's most powerful corporate notebook, following an update which now puts an 850MHz PIII SpeedStep in the driving seat. Being beefy, Compaq and corporate means a correspondingly inflated price, but let's face ...

This machine is probably not ideal for the typical private buyer or small business, but is likely to appeal to corporates looking for a seriously powerful notebook. Regrettably expensive, but very nicely done all the same.

Feb, 2001

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Compaq Armada E500 - PCQuest


A good combination of price, performance and features

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Good laptop but expensive to replace parts


Good sturdy laptop

Expensive to replace parts

Oct, 2007

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Amada e500 is a very nice computer


Great computer with very nice sound from the speakers

Parts needed which were very expensive

Jul, 2002

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Compaq Armada E 500


My father had bought this laptop 1 1/2 years ago for his official use . At first glance I thought that it was a really cool system but later realized that looks are often deceptive . The build quality is fabtastic but I have complaints about the P III...

Feb, 2003

Product Specifications

This new space-saving Short Neck CRT display meets the stringent graphical and display demands of today's business applications at a competitive price. The M700 delivers an extra-fine .26mm dot pitch with Super Hi-Contrast and Dynamic Focus Technology for excellent screen performance. It supports resolutions of up to 1024 x 768 pixels at 105Hz as well as 1,280 x 1,024 pixels at 80Hz in ergonomic mode. Combined with innovative Short Neck technology to reduce tube size, the M700 offers an outstanding viewable-display area - a full 16.0 inches - with the compact footprint of a conventional 15-inch monitor. The multilayer anti-glare, anti-static screen coating guarantees strain-free viewing. PC98 and DDC2B complaint, the M700 offers excellent manageability. It features advanced USB connectivity through an optional USB hub device designed to fit into the tilt and swivel base of the monitor. This hub device enables users to connect USB devices such as a keyboard, mouse, or scanner to their PC's through the base of their HP monitors. Contact Hewlett Packard for the optional USB hub. The M700 complies with strict EPA, MPRIII, and TCO'95 guidelines for emissions and power consumption.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:None/Sound card


Run Time (Up To):3.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:128KB/256KB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:12.1in/13.3in/14.1in/15in/17in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm/33.8cm/35.8cm/38.1cm/43.2cm
Dot Pitch / Pixel Pitch:0.26mm
Form Factor:Desktop
Interface:VGA (HD-15)
Max Resolution:1024 x 768/1400 x 1050/1600 x 1200/800 x 600
Technology:CRT/TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: No


Country Kits:France/Switzerland/United Kingdom/United States
Localization:English/English / French / German / Italian/French
Manufacturer:Compaq/Compaq / Hewlett-Packard/Hewlett-Packard
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Compaq Armada/HP

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad/None


Data Bus Speed:100MHz/66MHz


Compliant Standards:CE / CSA / DDC-1 / DDC-2B / DHHS / EN 60950 / EN55022 / EPA Energy Star / FCC Class B certified / ISO 9241 / MPR II / MPR III / NEMKO / Plug and Play / SEMKO / TCO '95 / TUV GS / UL / VCCI-II / TCO 95


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.17 / ITU V.27ter / ITU V.29 / ITU V.90/ITU V.90
Type:Fax / modem/Modem (analog)/Network / modem combo


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter/None

Optical Storage

Read Speed:16x/24x/8x
Rewrite Speed:4x

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0/Microsoft Windows 95/98/Microsoft Windows 95/98 Second Edition/Microsoft Windows 98/Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition/Microsoft Windows NT 4.0


Clock Speed:1GHz/366MHz/400MHz/450MHz/550MHz/600MHz/650MHz/850MHz/900MHz
Type:Celeron/Pentium II/Pentium III


Installed Size:128MB/64MB
Max Supported Size:512MB

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty

Storage Controller


Storage Floppy Drive

Type:3.5 1.44 MB floppy / 3.5" 1.44 MB floppy/3.5" 1.44 MB floppy / 3.5 1.44 MB floppy

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:12GB/20GB/30GB/4.3GB/5GB/6GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Recommended Use:Corporate business/Corporate business / Small business/Small business / Corporate business

Video Input

TV Tuner Presence: No

Video Memory

Installed Size:8MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI RAGE Mobility P