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I bought mine in Jan 2009, and within a year it started playing up.
If I didn't use it for a half hour or so, then it would go into standby mode, and then it wouldn't revive itself! The only thing you could do was hold the power button down and shut it off, take the power lead in, turn it over and give it a few pats on the back and then plug it back in again and hope for the best (this is what the guys at the computer shop told me to do!) Ended up also having to put an external hard drive on, as was advised I may have too much data on it, however, the problem still persists. I can't afford a new one, so I am putting up with this at the moment.
On a brighter note, it did come with internet explorer, HP Help & Support, HP Total Care Advisor and some Norton Anti-Virus. It also came with Windows Vista. I purchased Microsoft Office separately for just under £100 from PC World.
The keyboard has a nice touch - a bit "clicky" though for me. The mouse is built-in - no little red roller mouse in the middle of the keyboard like some laptops, the mouse is located at the bottom of the keyboard, with 2 buttons for right-click and left-click.
It has a built-in camera, which is very good quality, and I use it for Skype every week.
As for battery, I think it lasts about an hour at least without being plugged in; it's hard to tell as I usually sit with it plugged in all the time. When you do unplug it though, you will find that the screen goes a bit darker than normal, which can be a problem if you are sitting in a sunny room.
As for weight, if you are carrying it around in a shoulder bag for a while, it can get a bit heavy, but ideal for shorter journeys.
It is one of the cheapest laptops you can buy if you can put up with some of its glitches!
Rubbish. My wireless and sound failed within a day. Restore did not work and back-up disk failed to create properly as I was "not an administrator". Compaq customer service kept referring me to PC world despite me not having bought my PC there. Rosario on the support line kept telling me that she did not have the expertise to help me.I asked for a copy of the installation disks and was told that I would have to pay £69.95 for the privilege. Now I am writing this review wherever I can to help others before they fall victim to this con.Buy Fujitsu their helpline is first class!
The Compaq Presario CQ60 has proved to be very good value for money. I paid £380 in January '09 and it has worked perfectly since. The wireless has a good range and the screen quality is outstanding.
Everything else works how it should and the only real negative is a not-so-great battery life (approx 2 hrs on power saver).
All in all, good for games (mine has a separate graphics card - not sure if standard?), word processing, internet and general use.
One thing I particularly like is the larger screen size that results from having an integrated number pad on the keyboard. However the larger size does result in a heavy laptop.
As of yet I have had no technical issues what so ever with this laptop and I would most definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a laptop on a budget! Hope this was of some help!
I personally find this laptop has got big enough ram 1 gb /hard drive 120gb, to suit me, and i do use the laptop for a good three or four hours a day.
The HP software that comes with the laptop is very good, the Hp Total Care advisor gives you alot of information about your laptops performance. There are 3 usb ports, a memory card reader, dvd re-writer, and ethernet connection port aswell as others, but i dont use the other ones. The screen is a good size, 16 inch i think. And there is good quality sound coming from the speakers, which is a good bonus.
If i had to complain about one thing, it would be the battery life. It lasts about 2 hours if used moderatly, although if games are played/dvds watched that amount of time can be reduced to an hour, which isn't exactly a long time.
Overall a good laptop that should be able to cope with somebody that uses the computer for general things