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"Fat Face" Compaq Presario: why?

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Reply 40 of 71, by BinaryDemon

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This is what I am reminded of when I see the fat face design.
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Reply 41 of 71, by Anonymous Coward

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Sung to "Particle Man"

Compaq man. Compaq man.
Hit in the face with a frying pan.
Built his case from a garbage can.
Compaq man.
Is he the best or is he a mess?
Does he look totally worthless?
Who came up with Compaq man?
Ugliest man, Compaq man.

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Reply 42 of 71, by feipoa

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The orangutan bezel is certainly displeasing to the eyes, but is it worse than the BlueLight Kmart case? There was a topic on that many years back in this forum and I believe this is where I saved the photos from. In my opinion, the Kmart case is even uglier than the Orangutan Presario. The benefit of the Kmart case is that it is at least stack-able. Being one of the ugliest Presario's ever made, there could be some collection value in it? If both cases were left on the street for free and I was somehow forced a case, but only one, I'd take the Presario.

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Reply 43 of 71, by Miphee

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Yup, same thing.

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Reply 44 of 71, by Anonymous Coward

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What makes the Kmart case ugly is the stupid blue plastic. That could easily be remedied with some spray paint. The compaq on the other hand would require a buzz saw.

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Reply 46 of 71, by Anonymous Coward

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The Compaq is indeed hideous, but to be fair at this point the build quality was probably still pretty good. I think this predates the pure crap period.

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Reply 48 of 71, by PcBytes

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Badscrew wrote:

At least the kmart accepts standard motherboards.
Presario uses a proprietary one with horrible ISA/PCI riser wobbling around.

Not all. If my memory serves me right some of them use standard Gigabyte 5SMM motherboards.

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Reply 51 of 71, by Zack_H

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People can say what they want, but I’ve always liked all of these ‘90s Compaq Presarios. I have a nice little collection of them. I quite like the style myself.

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Reply 52 of 71, by Anonymous Coward

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I didn't even think to check if there was a desktop version of fatface. I found it while looking for something else. I think this might be even worse. I seriously wouldn't hesitate using this for target practice.

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People can say what they want, but I’ve always liked all of these ‘90s Compaq Presarios. I have a nice little collection of them. I quite like the style myself.

A lot of people like what they grew up with. You have my sympathy. 😀

This, my friend, is what a proper Compaq should look like:

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Reply 55 of 71, by chinny22

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SirNickity wrote:

Any extraneous plastic bulbousness in front of a 3.5" floppy drive is an immediate "nope" on my case selection list. I can't stand drive labia.

I remember when it first came in and thought it was stupid. I never knew its technical name till now though!

Reply 57 of 71, by jaevans

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liqmat wrote:
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That, sir, is hideous.

Look at that smirk on the floppy drive.

Reply 58 of 71, by Vynix

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Anonymous Coward wrote:
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Cor blimey! 😳 I wonder what kind of nasty stuff the designers at Compaq were high on when they designed this atrocity.

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