I bought this computer 9 years ago, and it still works perfectly. You can get these used off eBay for peanuts. if you have the chance to get one dirt cheap, then get one, it's a good purchase. I set it up myself at home, and from what I remember it was very easy and simple.
The connections at the back are clearly labelled, and for more modern peripherals, there are 4 USB ports, two at the back and two at the front with a cover. All connections to the screen, keyboard and mouse are perfect and the speakers run off the same cable.
I have noticed it does crash a few times and it normally takes ages to sort itself out, but if you slowly open program's one by one, and be careful not to overload it, this isn't an issue. It comes with a standard small ram of no more than 256MB but can be upgraded, unfortunately it cannot take more than 512MB so don't waste your money on more gigs of ram.
I have this PC upstairs in the bedroom where it gets very hot and humid in the summer, and sometimes it is left overnight to download things, and it copes very well. The original fan that came with this cools it down quickly and quietly.
The downside though is that this is a bit of a faff to clean. At the front, the piece of plastic with the logo on is actually a disc holder and that has to be cleaned, at the back there's a ton of holes and corners, plus at the front, the covers come off the front face of the PC for expansion of another floppy drive or CD burner. These collect dust very fast and need cleaning every few weeks.
The running is smooth, it makes a very funny "bloop" noise on start up, quite a strange noise for a PC to make, but after that it's quiet and the noisiest thing is the fan, which isn't that bad. It's also fast upon start up, to get to the log in screen which takes about 45 seconds. Not bad for a 9 year old PC.
It is somewhat fast, but not great. Loading CD's and USB data can take quite some time but loading games and software is fast for the age of the PC.
Overall it's a bargain PC that runs as well as it did nine years ago, so long as you keep the Hard drive clean and use it carefully, it will stay that way. Its been a fantastic companion in my house and I have no intention of getting rid in the near future. If you can get one online used for not much money, then I strongly recommend you get one.
I purchased my Compaq Presario just under a year ago and had been well worth every penny. The 5000 series 5Wv255 includes both a DVD and CDrw and a range of update useful software also with the optional free software. The quality of this computer is superb, the base unit, monitor and keyboard are well designed, modern and aesthetically pleasing. One of the delights with this PC, is that unlike some of the others I have owned in the past is that it is very simple to assemble with colour coded leads and ports. This makes it especially good for those who may be transferring it regularly from place to place, myself at university spent time ferrying it from Hall back home at the end of every term, the ease of which it can be put back together by just matching colours means that there is no need have to constantly refer to the manual. This computer is also excellent in respect that speakers (JBL) that are provided are brilliant quality, these allow you to use this PC in effect as a hi-fi, there is also no problem having music playing from audio CD or from the hard drive whilst you are working in another program or on the internet. I have had very few problems with my Presario other than one with the keyboard, with a single phone call to technical support, which incidentally charges only local call rate (unlike many others) I was sent a new key board at 8am the next day. I have to say that the service I received from technical support was excellent in comparison to similar services. Overall I would highly recommend the Presario, especially to those who find computing daunting, Presario’s are how they look, simple, modern, and of superb quality.
I purchased my compaq about 6 months ago now and it was one brand that I said I would never buy. Having worked in a major retail store selling these and seeing all the returns on them was the reason I felt I didn't want one. I was using an old computer and it was really on it's last legs so I had to go computer shopping. Every where I went I found nothing but compaqs so although my mind was set not to get one I didn't have much choice at the time. I purchased the computer, along with a monitor and an extra keyboard as I prefer the ergonomic keyboards that usually don't come with the computer and paid almost $1,800.00 for it. A pretty hefty price but I wanted certain features and decided to go for what I really wanted. I must say that my faith in compaq has been restored as I have had no problems with it and just love it. I purchased the MV940 19" monitor with side mount speakers which was quite an add on to the price but I had to have side mounts as I have no room for separate speakers. I love the larger size and the color is great. It also has a built in microphone for pc talking. The keyboard that came with it was an Internet keyboard as well and the buttons matched the speakers covers and the dvd holder cover. You can order additional sets in different colors if you want to change the look of your computer here and there. I love the case as it is a lot smaller and light weight than most and easy to move around for cleaner. The cover on the front holds several dvd's for safe storage and the dvd player is really something I enjoy. I can pop one in and roll my chair to the other end of the room and watch a movie. It comes in so clear it is just great. I have the 8x cd-rw for burning copies of whatever I need which is another feature that I really love. The 5000 series also comes with Windows ME and that I think I will leave for another opinion!! I have 128 MB of ram and a 40 GB hard rive. I had wanted 256 MB of ram but they didn't have one in stock so will add another chip later on. My processor is 1.0GHz so it really moves. If you are on an ISP you might not find much difference but combine it with a cable modem and it flies. I did an experiment with a program. I downloaded it from the Internet while still using an ISP and it took 2 hours even with the fast processor. I then had the cable modem installed and removed the program and downloaded it over and it took 58 seconds. Some difference. Anyway if you are in the market for a new machine I would strongly recommend this one. I now have fallen in love with my computer.
I find The Compaq Presario is a great buy for both new and experienced PC users. I was working more and more with PC's and they where being used more and more in my line of work which is Graphic Design so I decided to buy one for the home. This was to be my first home PC. I asked about and looked in pc mag's because I needed one that would be both cheep and fast and easy to use I decided on the Compaq Presario 5000 because it was at a good price, and was told that it would keep up with the work that I do and would be doing. And now I would agree with the man. It has kept up with my work and program's I use for my projects (Photoshop,Flash,Freehand,Swift,Ulead,etc. When I first got the computer it was easy to unpack and set up USB keyboard and USB ports for web cam's. Space to and Zip drives, "which i will be adding soon" and other hard wear. After setting up it was easy to get started with good manuals after about a month is was at home with a Presario and doing job's. Oh and i also got a printer and scanner. MY DOWN SIDES: Big chunky moniter and I had problems with my Presario after about a month with clogging and freezing up. I don't know what to put that down to because I was giving regular scans and defrags but its was a learning experience for me because it taught me how to restore my C drive and other things. After that it was all good and I still will stick with my Presario because for me it's a good buy and is a good buy for both old and new users.
I bought the Compaq 5000 LX series desktop computer, and Compaq recommended the C3-1000 all-in-one printer scanner, after I mentioned that I wanted both a scanner and the previous Compaq color printer I had. I decided to change from my previous scanner and Compaq color laser printer to the all-in-one Compaq C3-1000 scanner/printer. It is a VERY good printer/scanner. It is convenient in that it only takes up one spot instead of two (if you had the printer and scanner separate), it is VERY EASY to operate, you don't need additional software, and it works with your fax program. If you need to scan something and fax it, you can list this printer/scanner as your main fax printer driver, and it will automatically scan and fax to the number you indicate. It also has options for resolution, continuous page scan, color picture and black and white document options, and page size options. It is a bargain for the price. My other printer cost $99, and my other scanner cost $79. The C3-1000 cost $129 for a saving of $50 and space.