Planet Hollywood was the stage for Compaq Computer to launch a series of computers that come with some unusual features, and carry its hopes of maintaining its position as the world's number one computer manufacturer. The Presario Series machines come with at least a one-gigabyte hard disk, internal modem, a Pentium processor and CD-ROM drive. The slowest runs at 100MHz and the fastest at 166MHz. The 9200 Series features a mini-tower and is intended to appeal to the home office customer who may use the machine for both business and pleasure. All machines in the series have MPEG technology to provide full-screen video. There is a choice of data/fax modems from 19.2kbps to 28.8kbps and a stereo system called Spatializer 3-D. At the high end, the series boasts a 166MHz Pentium CPU, 6x CD-ROM drive, 16MB of RAM, a 2 GB hard disk, a 28.8 data/fax and Compaq's TreQ Audio and Motion technology which the company says will enhance the multimedia aspects of the machines. Perhaps the most unusual innovation is the Scanner Keyboard, which makes it possible to scan images and text 'before your eyes'. For the multimedia-hungry, there is also the new Presario 1410 and 1510 multimedia monitors that feature enhanced stereo speakers and integrated amplifier and equaliser for high-fidelity sound. All new releases will be available in Hong Kong in April, according to Compaq. The cheapest system is the Presario 5226 with a 100MHz Pentium, 8MB of RAM, a 1GB hard disk, 4x CD-ROM drive and 19.2/14.4 data/fax modem. It will sell for HK$18,800. At the top is the Presario 9660 with a 166MHz, 16MB of RAM, a 2GB hard disk, 6x CD-ROM and a 28.8/14.4 data/fax modem. The price will be HK$27,860, including a 1410 monitor.