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Compaq Presario CQ61


$400.00 Released October, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Full size keyboard with number pad. Large quality display. Affordable netbook price.

The Cons:Large, heavy and poor battery life - poor next to netbooks for those who desire a mobile laptop. Variety of CQ61 models with different internal components. Poor performance - not good for the power user.

The Compaq Presario CQ61 is an affordable 15.6” widescreen LCD notebook released alongside Windows 7. It was built as an even more affordable option from the CQ60 for budget-conscious shoppers. It utilizes an AMD Sempron M100 processor, up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM, and a 160GB SATA hard-disc drive.

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Despite being low-priced, the CQ61 boasts a bevy of advanced features, including built-in Altec Lansing speakers and even an optional ATI Radeon HD 4200 graphics card. Most promising about the Presario CQ61 is that it runs Windows 7, a benefit not included with the CQ60. Additional features include a 5-I-1 media card reader, a long-lasting 6-cell Lithium-ion battery (3 hours), a DVD burner, and 802.11b/g WLAN connectivity.

Features

  • Budget-Friendly Notebook
  • AMD Sempron Processor
  • DDR2 RAM
  • SATA HDD
  • 6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
  • 802.11b/g Connectivity
  • DVD Burner
  • ATI Radeon HD (Optional)
  • Windows 7

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Pros
  • 5

    full size keyboard with number pad

  • 5

    large quality display

  • 4

    affordable netbook price

  • 4

    great desktop replacement for the non-demanding consumer

  • 4

    great value - better usability and superior performance to Atom-based netbooks (for those who do not require mobility)

  • 4

    cheap and functional

  • 3

    comes with Windows 7 - runs a lot faster on slower hardware such as this

  • 3

    solid build quality

Cons
  • 6

    large, heavy and poor battery life - poor next to netbooks for those who desire a mobile laptop

  • 4

    variety of CQ61 models with different internal components

  • 4

    poor performance - not good for the power user

  • 4

    gets really hot

  • 3

    Over heats

  • 3

    battery died after 1 year

  • 2

    all-plastic enclosure

  • 2

    battery died at 1 year

  • 2

    Crashes ALL the time... >:o

  • 1

    Hp denies the existence of GNU/Linux therefore, no tech support

  • 1

    Drops my WIFI all the time. I cnaa be in the same room as my wife and hers will still work and mine will drop. :(

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