My second laptop was a Compaq, loved that thing. I actually still have it somewhere. It is crazy how big that thing is compared to today's machines. I had that one custom built and it was something like $1500. It was a tank though and lasted me a long time.I sold Apple, Compaq, HP, eMachines, NEC, and Packard Bell at the time. Compaq was my "go to" brand - it's what I bought for myself and recommended to others. I sold a lot of Presarios back then!
I too worked retail at the time, at a big box store in electronics, and also interned at Motorola in the summer before the switch. I remember all of the Y2K compliant stickers on stuff. Much ado about nothing for that one.