It featured an interchangeable 'Multi-Bay' slot that could accept a 3.5 inch floppy disk drives, optical drives, or a secondary hard disk device. The slot was the same as those found on many Compaq Armada and many other HP/Compaq laptop computer systems.
It had memory ranging from 128 MB to 512 MB's user upgradable.
For a short time, around the year 2000, Compaq released a few models of an iPAQ that functioned as internet appliances. They did not have the full functionality of a computer, such as that it had no CD-ROM tray and offered very few ports to connect to for very basic use.
There were two variants of the flat-panel iPAQs, a common Windows CE based version in a white case, and the less common blue version known as the 'Clipper'.
The Clipper appeared to be designed more for commercial environments and used a compact Unix-like operating system called BeIA. The built-in web browser application was a customized version of the Opera browser named "Wagner".
The Clipper also included a standard 10baseT ethernet port, and shipped with the ability for the end-user to access the command line in order to tailor the device to use a company logo on the start-up screen. It also included a Minitel client for use where Minitel was available (mainly Canada and France).