Product Type: Hewlett-Packard laptops
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Compaq Presario CQ61
Compaq Presario CQ61-401SA
Member Name: mejulie999
Compaq Presario CQ61-401SA
Advantages: Fast and responsive and sleek looking
Disadvantages: None i can think of so far
Not being a hugely technical person, and with my desktop computer virtually blowing up, i visited my local electrical store for as much information as possible on the best laptop to purchase for someone who wants i tunes, watches dvds online and wants to upload photos and home videos etc.
The very helpful assistant at the store showed me a few models and i opted for the Compaq Presario CQ61 with 4GB Ram and dual intel processers Ok ram and GBs don't mean alot to me. I just want a laptop to be quick and to to work! It cost £389.99 and i took out the usual extras for 3 yr servicing, bumping it up a bit in price.
I am now writing this review on the very same laptop and i have to say, to date, i am very impressed with it. The screen is 15.6 inches and is a world away from the screen on my old desktop. It almost looks like glass and the colours are bright, clear and almost gives the effect of hd.
The mousepad is very responsive and has a slide to move the page you are viewing up or down very quickly. The keyboard is excellent and leaves alot of room at the bottom for resting your hands. The Keyboard is black and the section below this with the mousepad is silver.
The Compaq, part of the Hewlett Packard group has Windows 7 built in and also gives you a free 60 day internet security package with Norton. It has a range of built in software, such as Microsoft Works, so great for writing letters, and for spreadsheets etc. Windows media centre and media player are also built in, as well as Cyberlink DVD Suite, Cyberlink Power DVD 8, Media show and Cyberlink Web Cam which is fabulous for creating your own videos for uploading to You Tube or Facebook and comes with all the accessories to edit and make your videos look fun.
There is also a magic desktop on the desktop for children where parental settings can be made, keeping it safe. Hewlett Packard also have a concise help and support section with tutorial guides.
I have found that the battery tends to last just over 2 and a half hours when using it to browse the net. I have not yet tried it whilst playing a dvd so cannot comment on wether it affects the battery life at all.
As i only bought the laptop several weeks ago, i am still getting to grips will all the accessories and programmes built in, but so far, i am very impressed with it.
All in all, a fast and responsive computer with a very clear picture, and lots of extras included. Well worth the money.
Summary: A well defined and responsive laptop
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