I paid about 50 dollars on ebay for another 1700, with a bad hard drive. I swapped over my hard drive and everything else salvageable from the crippled computer. It was actually a bit of an upgrade - I went from a 233 to a 300mhz Pentium II, and got a 14" inch screen in place of the 12" on the old one!
I included the pencil in the photos to try and show the size of this thing - it's easily three times as thick as a modern notebook pc. Compared to the armada, a macbook air is basically two-dimensional. What I can't really convey here is the heft, the sheer bulk of it - it would make a handy bludgeon in a pinch, and probably wouldn't be the worse for wear. (Thankfully, I've never had occasion to use it in that manner.)
I really wanted to show my Droid X2 next to the Armada for comparison's sake, but it's the only camera I have to use at the moment. The contrast is astonishing - the sub-one-pound-phone stomps this lump of a machine in almost every way. The phone can output 1080p video over HDMI - the laptop struggles to play the lowest-quality youtube videos. In the place of the Bluetooth and Wifi built into the X2, the 1700 has an infrared port and a 56k modem. Even the pc's ability to run Windows(or Linux) software is increasingly irrelevant in today's world - access to online services is what matters today.
It's really quite funny to think of all the times and places I dragged this back-breaking thing around just to have access to a fraction of the power I now keep in my pocket.