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Compaq Presario CQ56-101SA
Member Name: fudgey05
Compaq Presario CQ56-101SA
Date: 06/06/11, updated on 02/09/12 (128 review reads)
Advantages: Quick, easy to use, does not freeze at all!
Disadvantages: The not very senstive touch pad mouse.
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!
Summary: A very good efficient laptop for basic everyday needs!
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