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I have used this laptop now for 3 years at university and have to say that its a sturdy, good performing laptop. For the first 2 I had no issues whatsoever with the laptop. The computer is performs very well with many applications opened at the same. It also performs well for computer games aswell with very little lag time. The laptop itself is a good looking laptop. However the laptop battery life is very poor and at best i get and 1hr 45mins until I have to charge it. It has a great quality screen aswell which is perfect for watching movies and playing games.
After 2 years though of using the laptop I started to have problems. The battery completely went, which meant paying out £50 to replace it. The plastic around the screen has started to break come off even though I've kept it in great condition.
I would recommend this laptop as it is a sturdy and good performing laptop for a great price, however would warn you that after 2 or 3 years of using the laptop, problems may start occuring.
The Compaq Presario CQ61-120SA, in general, is a sturdy, pleasantly fast, good-looking laptop computer. I personally have been using mine for just over a year and it has served me well. However, the laptop itself is not without faults, I will mention these later, firstly let's consider the good points of the laptop.
The 2GHz processor works well at a high speed, and with the 3GB of RAM there are very few programmes that are unable to run, at least with their lowest settings enabled, on this laptop. The laptop does have a full keyboard, which at one time was a luxury for a mobile computer and I have to say that it is heavenly - I could never return to using a smaller, more traditional laptop keyboard after using this one.
As well as this the system has a wide screen which is excellent for the watching of videos, or viewing of galleries and demonstrates perfectly the way in which Hewlett-Packard and Compaq have refined this laptop for media.
However, there are also bad point, and they are considerably bad. The main problem that I have experienced with this laptop is it's physical reliability. After using it for six months I started to find that the screen was becoming loose and the front border was starting to peel away from the actual display. I immediately took the computer to be repaired where it was explained, and shown, to me that the screen had been manufactured with two plastic pieces that in effect were pushing against the opening mechanism every time the screen was moved - this forced the plastic backwards and gradually broke it.
Quite frankly I consider this a manufacturing disaster, and although I am unaware of the frequency of these problems I feel that it is something I must report to you, as a warning.
Aside from this the only bad points that I can add are that the battery life is very low, around three hours when using more than 30% of the processing power. This is to be quite expected with a system using such a large screen.
The second problem for me to mention is that the screen is un-viewable outdoors, this is common with most laptops as the sun creates a glare on the screen, however with this system it doesn't matter where you position yourself, how much sun there is, or which settings you use - it is simply impossible for see the screen, which incidentally appears to be blank in such environments.
Overall I consider this to be an excellent laptop, with lots of power and space and great specs - the only problem I can mention is the lack of physical stability and the few flaws in the mobility. I would advise that you purchase this laptop if the specs appeal to you, and I wouldn't want you to be put off by the three bad points. I simply advise that you extend any warranties to cover the chance of the screen peeling away of it's own accord.