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Whilst pondering my next review it occurred to me that I had overlooked my trusted laptop which helps me create my reviews on a daily basis. This laptop has been with me for over 12 months now and is still running as well as the day it was bought.
This laptop retails at approx £250-£299 and is sometimes offered as part of a freebie with a contract mobile phone.
I have had compaq laptops before and completely recommend them.
This laptop is 15.5" widescreen so it is larger than your average laptop, excellent quality for watching Tv on iplayer or dvd's
Integrated CD/DVD player and again the size of the screen is an added bonus for watching films. Many an evening i have curled up in bed with my laptop to watch a chick flick with a hot chocolate!
Built in webcam. This has very good qulaity for an integrated webcam and also has features where youi can frame your pictures or add effects. My son likes to play on it to create funny videos with the effects like the house of mirrors.
Memory 1gb Ram HDD 160 GB
I have never had an occasion where i have mximised the memory. I have a lot of music tracks saved onm the computer and sometimes upload films to watch and have never had any issues with capacity.
Full sixe keyboard with separate number pad. Touch pad mouse with right and left click buttons to the bottom of the touch pad. The touch pad has good sesitivity and is easy to navigate.
Good battery life can play for hours on bejeweled before i need to plug it in, however most of the time i am wired up to save my battery at home. I once forgot my power cable when i was out teaching dance and it lasted about 2 hours playing music and i dont even think the battery was fully charged.
It runs on vista home basic. Now i was an XP fan and it took me a while to get used to it but now i really like it. I like the tab funtion and it runs quite quickly.
It has 3 ports for pendrives and HDMI port ideal for plugging it into your TV for great viewing experience, it also has an SD memory slot.
integrated wireless and you can also hardwire it with ethernet cable
What more can I say. all in all a good all rounder. Would definately buy again and recommend to others.
A disadvantage is that it runs at core temperature between 63-69 which is quite high so i wouldnt recommend you placing it on your lap for any length of time. fan runs not too loudly and i have had no problems with overheating where it shuts off like other laptops can.
I was recently offered this laptop when I took out a new phone contact. I have a desktop PC but had been considering buying a laptop as it was more convenient for me. I have used a laptop before but not one that I can compare as it was a work one and these tend to be a bit more bulky and slower than a normal laptop.
When my laptop arrived I was a bit dubious of opening the box and setting this up as I am no computer whiz and thought that this would be a very long process but I was pleasantly surprised. It had a leaflet in the box that told me what to do before you turned this on. This consisted of putting the battery in and putting the laptop on charge and then you turn on the computer and it sets itself up with you only adding a small amount of information.
Apart from it being heavier than I thought I found the overall look of the laptop really appealing. The top of this is a high gloss black and the keyboard looks really nice too, it has a separate number pad that I love as I really missed that on my work laptop as I was not used to using the numbers above the keys and it took me ages to find each one. It also has a scroll bar on the touchpad so if you are going from a desk top PC to a laptop then this one is great as it has the same layout as if you are using a number pad and a mouse.
The overall design is very attractive and stylish. The icons on the desktop are a good size and are nice and colourful. Upon set up a side bar is installed on the right-hand side, on it you have a big round clock, a box that has different picture flashing across and a news headline box which I think is a nice, original extra. Another great feature of this laptop if you are not hot when it comes to IT is once it has set itself up, a help box is set to come up every time you turn the computer on, this helps you to do things such as connecting to the Internet, adding another user and general help and support. You don't have to have this display as it can be referred to at any time on the control panel but it is a really useful thing to have if you are not sure how to do certain things.
The screen is really nice and shiny as it is HD and doesn't spread colour when touched so it cant be damaged in that way. I haven't watched any movies or anything on it so I cant really comment on the HD side of things.
I also like the fact that the laptop comes with a 60 day trial of full Norton protection which is an added bonus as you can then start using it straight away if you have a wireless connection. Norton is automatically installed on the initial set up so this is something else that you haven't got to worry about.
The points I love about this laptop are the large screen which I was surprised with as the write up refer the this as a notebook so you expect it to be quite small, you have a number of options available instead of just shutting this down every time too. This is ideal if, like me go on and off of it a lot of the day and don't want to wait while it all loads up again. There is plenty of storage space for everything I need it for i.e. photos, video clips, music etc.
The only points I dislike about this laptop is that the battery life isn't great but if like me you are using it more for home usage and would keep it plugged in anyway then it will not make any difference to you. Also it is heavier than I expected so I wouldn't really take it out anywhere but is perfect for what I need it for.
I have recently upgraded from PC to Laptop so I can not really compare like for like, However the Compaq is a really nice laptop with all the features you would expect and more it is slim, sleek, Stylish. I must also say that although I would not like to carry round all day it is ideal for home use, alot of the laptops/notepads we looks at were very small and bunched up so not as user friendly in my opinion.
It has plenty of storage.
Starts up really quickly, no messing about and is easy to use.
The battery life is good however I tend to stay plugged in at mains because once warning comes up it cuts out very quickly!
The screen is a really good size for watching TV, although we tend to plug in to our TV and watch I player, you only get sound via laptop though which is a little annoying, Sound is quite good when using day to day just not great at a distance.
I would definately recommend this to anyone who is looking for a study user friendly yet trendy laptop.