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I received my Hewlett-Packard/ Compaq laptop, free with my mobile phone. It's been great for everyday use and HP start center has provided with all the information to get started.
It can handle multiple everyday applications at a breeze, with Word, Chrome, Firefox, Norton and Skype running while writing this review and there has been no freezing ever.
Needless to say, I don't feel that this laptop will be suited to you - if your a hard core gamer. However, if you just want a basic laptop to browse the INTERNET and create word processing documents (Letters, Publications and more), then this laptop is suited to you.
There has only been one fault with this laptop and that was the charger and the connection, however, one quick call to the HP contact center in Gateshead and the next day - a new battery charger landed on my doorstep. However, one word of advice, I would always advise calling HP rather than Emailing them - they are useless at replying to emails.
But on the whole, a great laptop for everyday, family use.
The HP Compaq Presario CQ56 is a good little laptop perfect for everyday work. The CPU is good enough to run all of the low power programs such as music players, internet browsers, email clients etc, as any decent notebook laptop should be. As a designer I was surprised to find that the laptop is also able to run multiple high process 'creative' applications at the same time. This means that you can open Photoshop, Illustrator and inDesign at the same time, which is key for any designer. If you are a designer who is strapped for cash and doesn't want to fork out for an overpriced Mac computer, then this laptop will work perfectly for you (any decent designer knows that its not the tools (mac) you use any way but its all about a creative mind.)
This Compaq is also very good for gaming, although not advertised as such. For obvious reasons it will not run many high process games, and chances are it will run next to none of the latest releases (at default graphics), however there are plenty of decent games that it will run on it. Take valve for example, every game by valve (give-or-take Portal 2) will run on this laptop, along with thousands of others available on steam. Every game that I would ever want to play on my laptop has run perfectly without a hitch.
The battery life could benefit from a little more 'juice' but all in all it is a very decent, fairly cheap notebook laptop.
After having a mare of a time with my old HP laptop (which I had for a month before it blue screened on me, resulting in a 6 month long battle with HP to get a refund!) I was more careful with my choice of replacement. After a little while searching for the right package, I eventually settled on this Compaq.
Now, I am totally aware that HP own Compaq, and was initially wary about buying from them or an affiliate again, but I'm glad I took the punt. The other laptop I had was a faulty model and was well known to HP and laptop 'geeks' alike as one to avoid as it was a long running problem with it. This laptop has no such shadow over it's name. From some careful googling I could tell that this was probably going to be the best for what I wanted. I'm not going to lie, a huge thing that I wanted on my next laptop was the capacity to play games such as The Sims 3. If you run a check on this laptop on CanYouRunIt? (a website designed to check your computers specs against any game you want to run on it) technically this laptop shouldn't be able to handle the game but it runs perfectly.
Now, onto the actual laptop itself... The case is a simple black case, with Compaq logo patterning over the hard surfaces on the inside. The keyboard is as with most laptops, full size but minus a number keypad, and the mouse tracker pad is below the keyboard (as I think is standard?). There's an extra row of keys down the left hand side that give you quick access to things like your email program, your internet browser and your calculator. Unfortunately these are more of a hindrance than a help as they will freeze up your laptop if you press them accidentally during a game or something! Which is really quite annoying. I can see why they were put there but I would opt to not have them if I had the choice. There's also a row of volume/brightness/screen control keys across the top which are much more useful in my opinion, though sometimes it's hard to work out whether you just press the button or have to press another key with it to make the alternative function (in this case your F buttons) work. The volume mute key is a little bit temperamental, which is a problem when you're trying to mute something quickly in the library!
Functionally, this laptop does what it says it will do - I've never really had a problem with the actual functioning of it. Mine is running Windows 7, though I believe you may be able to get them with other Windows packages (probably for cheaper as well). I paid around £399 (there was some discount applied because of the hassle I had with HP) which is a more than fair price for this. In fact, I wouldn't mind paying over £450 for this laptop brand new. It runs well, it's durable, and so far it's not given me any problems. Battery life is a standard 4 hours, 2 if you're running games but you can get bigger capacity batteries. Unfortunately I'm not a computer whiz so I don't know much about the RAM/gig of it or all the technical stuff - my Dad does that for me! I currently use mine for casual gaming, internet and the other usual suspects such as word processing for my uni course and playing around on Paintshop. Overall though I am impressed with this, and have almost had my faith restored in the HP/Compaq brand.
I purchased this laptop from John Lewis after my previous Acer laptop gave up the ghost! I freely admit that I am no computer genius so forgive me for any technological bloopers in advance. My previous Acer laptop was with me for over five years and saw me through a degree and masters, however towards the end of it's life I kept receiving constant 'memory low' warnings. After finding out it would cost a couple of hundred pounds to increase the memory, I decided to replace it with a new laptop.
Afer a little internet research I decided upon this model from John Lewis as I was tempted by the 2 year warranty as opposed to the 1 year warranty that other retailers were offering. This particular model had a 2gb memory as oppposed to my Acer's 1gb, which I am praying and hoping means that this laptop will last me a long time!
The model is a very sleek looking black cover, and the lid opens smoothly as opposed to some models with the awkward looking clip. It is reasonably light, and I have carried it on long journeys with little problem. If you are a looking for a sophisticated laptop for complicated procedures then I am afraid that this review may not be helpful, however if you a looking for a basic laptop for everyday use then carry on reading!
So far the laptop has been very easy and efficient with absoloutly no freezing, or wating for pages to load. Amen! It offers everything you need for everyday browing, file storing and word processing. I also offers a nifty 'magic desktop' icon on the homepage which transforms the home screen to a something which a child would use; offering a basic word processor and games.
The major downfall of the laptop, however, is the touch pad which appears to be heat sensitive. My problem is that I have very cold hands and the touch pad often does not recognise my touch which can be very frustrating. As soon as I warm my hands, however, usage returns!
In conclusion, I feel that this is a very efficient laptop which satisfies my basic requirements! I would recommend this laptop to others if they just need a laptop for basic functions: browsing, file storing and word processing. This does not necessarily mean that you cannot carry out other functions, however I have not carried any others out so cannot comment!