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I received my laptop for Christmas 3 years ago for Christmas and I'm typing this review on it right now. Therefore I'd say it's pretty durable- since I am a very clumsy person who has dropped it on many occasions. There is a built-in webcam so there is no need for those extra expenses. I've run many programs and games on it and they work well. It has enough memory for me, a student, to write essays and reports and work on my assignments for game development on it. I've played DVD's on it and even burned my own movies onto DVDs using this laptop. The design is stylish, with the mix of the sleek black against the white of the letters and the lights on the keys/buttons. The USB ports are useful since there are 3- 2 on one side and 1 on the other- however, the USB nearer the port for the charger is a little too close, and larger memory sticks etc are difficult to fit in easily. The ethernet port is easily accessible and is handy since it lights up when connected to the internet. The wi-fi button is easy to recognise and it has a good range of connectivity. The mousepad is easy to use. Most of all you get all this at quite a cheap price and includes Windows 7. It's usually quick to load up (as long as you don't have many programs running at start-up.)
In contrast, the battery life is rather low and I find the statement that it's "mobile" quite funny since I can hardly remove the laptop while doing work from the charger without it losing so much power, therefore I'm forced to stay at a desk. Also it has a tendency to overheat if it comes into contact with fabric- but of course it's not meant to. Moreover the keys on the keyboard easily fall off. The screen is also difficult to see when light is shone on it.
The Compaq Presario range of laptops aren't the newest on the market, however they are still on the market, which is saying something considering they were first released almost five years ago. The Compaq Presario CQ is a great little laptop, at least for me, it is of a decent size with a 15.6 inch widescreen display (HDMI enabled) and has 2 gig of ram, which is easily powerful enough for office work, surfing the web, utilizing media and playing simple games. When running certain versions of linux, which utilize less ram than Windows 7 starter (what this machine comes pre-installed with) it can power more impressive games and can be used for media manipulation, without causing too much of a strain on the on board systems.
As is standard with almost all laptops it is complete with a webcam and built-in microphone, and of course has the keyboard (which on this model doesn't include the numerical pad which it's larger brother, the CQ70 has) and a mouse pad, which is sleekly designed to fit into the base of the keyboard, and isn't made of the scratchy black material that lots of laptop mouses are made of. Also, it has USB ports on both sides, which is useful for using usb modems or the like which are too wide to allow simultaneous use of both USB drives on one side.
With regard to my personal opinion of the product I find that it has been a great laptop for me, after having it for a while I am still in no need to replace it (in fact I am on my third version of Windows with it, showing that it is powerful enough to run even two generations higher of operating system) I am quite sure I will still be using this laptop in the future too, for office work and web surfing.
The start-up time is great, at least with my current set up, I can be switched on and using a program within three minutes.
There is a huge disadvantage to this laptop however, and that is the non-detachable battery. I would advise that you only plug this into the mains whilst the battery is charging and then remove the adaptor immediately, allowing the system to run on battery power. Although this is said to reduce battery life overall running the computer on mains power with the battery attached (the only option) will lead to the battery needing replacement within a couple of years. You can of course get a replacement battery, but this isn't the most economical solution.
Overall this is a great laptop, for the price tag, which currently stands at around £200-£260 depending on the vendor, offer and installed suites, it is excellent value and powerful. If you are looking for a gaming laptop, this is not the one for you. But if you just need a laptop for checking e-mails and social networks, publishing websites, browsing Youtube and producing office documents then it is fine! I strongly, strongly recommend this laptop.
When my last Laptop packed in unexpectedly I was totally gutted and lost without it. However, I wasn't in a position to rush out and buy an expensive top of the range replacement.
I found my latest laptop, the Compaw Presario, in Comet one Tuesday night. I was more impressed by the price - £250, than anything else. I was having major Facebook withdrawal by this point :-)
The presario, with it's sturdy black casing has a AMD Athlon II Dual-Core P320 processor and 3GB RAM, which is more than enough was daily e-mail checks, social networking etc. I find the 250GB hard drive is plenty to store my photos and documents. At 15.6 inches, the screen is perfectly fine for watching movies etc with my eyesight, which isn't the greatest. The graphics aren't as bold and vivid as other machines I've experienced, but at £250, I'd say that you get what you pay for.
This laptop has Windows 7, which is new to me so I'm still getting used to it. The touchpad is also a little on the sensitive side, which also takes a bit of patience while you get used to the fact that it has a life of it's own. However, there is a facility which enables the touchpad to be turned off altogether.
For an amateur or beginner I would say this laptop is perfect. My last Laptop was a Sony Vaio which was pretty High Tec but this Presario ticks all the boxes and does the job, even if it lacks a blue ray player and other new fangled trickery.
When it comes to laptops the main thing I look for is speed, space and the graphics. I do a lot of filming and photography as a hobby so I like to have plenty space available and I like to be able to view my pictures on a good quality screen. The speed is important to me because I use filming softwares and photo shop at the same time, so I like to be able to run both of those programmes at once without it freezing up. I bought a laptop when I was in America and it broke unfortunatley. So i bought this one which was cheaper and a lot better than the one I had before!
For this laptop it is from £250 to about £300 , depending on where you purchase it. From Amazon it is £256 and from Asda it is £297. The price for this is very reasonable and would be great for someones first laptop as it isn't that expensive.
The screen size is 15.6" which is a perfect size for someone who perhaps hasn't got the best eye sight. It is a nice size, not too bulky but not so small that you cant see the screen or keyboard. The keyboard is lovely and spacious and very easy to touch type with. The touch pad mouse is also very easy to use, it isn't too sensitive, but just sensitive enough for you to be able to have good control over the mouse. The right and left click buttons are big too , to allow easy clicking. It is matte black so very sleek looking. It does feel like it is a bit plasticky but it doesn't feel cheaply made. It's really light so you can carry it round easily. It weighs 3.7 KG.
It comes with a 1 year warranty so if anything goes wrong with it within the first year of you having it, you just call the company up and they are happy to help. I rang them up because I thought the mouse had broken but it turned out I had locked it by mistake. they were really friendly and understanding.
I'm going to list all of the specs for you and then explain about some of them :
Processor: 2.1GHz AMD Athlon II Dual-Core P320
Memory: 3GB RAM
Storage: 250GB hard drive
Optical Drive: DVD±RW
Screen: 15.6 inches (1,366x768 native resolution)
Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 (1GB)
Dimensions (HWD): 1.4x9.7x14.7 inches
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
The large memory allows for plenty of room for photos, videos , documents etc. I've got about 30, 10 minute videos, over 300 photos and a few documents and still have plenty of room. I delete them every now and then so I don't get to the point where I fill up the hard drive haha. The speakers are by Altec Lansing which I have to say have provided some of the most fantastic speakers I've ever come across. The sound is lovely and crisp. The operating system is Windows 7, which is very easy to use. It looks a little bit like VISTA but it is NOTHING like it. It is fast, well laid out and very easy to use. The is a CD drive so you can watch DVD's on it or even burn them. I'm not very good at explaining the specs but I will say that it is a fast laptop with very good graphics considering how cheap it is. I can play the Sims 3 on it very well so that just proves that it is good enough to play big games like that!
I am not very good at reviewing products like this but I felt that I needed to let you all know that this laptop is cheap, well made, fast and very good quality. If you are looking for a first time laptop then get this one because I have had no problems with it , it does everything I want it to. If you are like me and only use laptops for facebooking, Ciao-ing, tweeting, playing games, microsoft word-ing etc, then this is the laptop for you.
I hope this is okay - I was tempted just not to post this at all but I felt like doing a quick-ish , simple review on what I know about this laptop for you =)
I recieved this laptop from my parents for my Christmas, it was a total surprise, didn't know I was getting it.
The great thing about it is that it is modern, chic looking, great for work and leisure purposes. I am really NOT great with technology at all. I mean I have to ask friends how to work things for me. I can do the basics like go on the internet but other than that I am pretty usual.
I found the Compaq Presario surprisingly easy to use. I thought with it being a modern laptop I would need to go on a course of how to use it, but honestly it was great to use. It is simple, great for beginners and I am sure for people with greater expertise in technology it is just as great!
My only problem with it is that sometimes I have connection problems with it, not sure if that is a fault of the laptop or just my internet access.
In my opinion if you can get a CQ61 (5 star) then get that instead. Stupidly, I thought CQ62 would be similar.
No problems with the processor/screen: it works fine and luckily I didnt need a webcam which this laptop doesnt have strangely!
BUT two things irritate me (by comparison with CQ61 - and I have them both)
The keyboard doesnt have an numeric keypad area - instead it has lots of (to me, useless) shortcut keys so it cuts down the functionality massively!
The touch pad is flush with the keyboard so you cant see where the edges are - a nuisance in darker surroundings.
Overall I just think that this laptop is a little strange! I has wierd shortcut keys and no webcam which in this day and age should not be the case. The processor and overall memory and speed however are what makes this computer top class - but I guess you could get this spec off of a any better designed laptop on the market!