28 February 2010

Compaq CQ61-420US Review

I have recently purchased a Compaq CQ61-420US from Staples for $399.

  • Official Specs on HP's website
  • AMD Athlon II X2 M320 2.1GHz
  • 3GB DDR2 Memory
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Graphics (shared memory)
  • 250GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive

  • Price
  • Keyboard has a dedicated number pad
  • Large bright 15.6" Display
  • Built in Wireless N support
  • Windows 7
  • Responsive, quick web browsing
  • Touchpad switch to turn off touchpad when using external mouse
  • Processor supports virtualization

  • No latch to keep screen closed
  • Screen has a shiny finish instead of matte
  • Microsoft Office Nagware
  • Norton Anti-Virus Nagware
  • 3 DVD writable media to create backup disks
  • Keyboard has half size arrow keys
  • Keyboard is not backlit
  • No HDMI Out
  • No Bluetooth
  • No built in webcam
I am very happy with my purchase. Most of the negatives are just things that are omitted to just keep the price low. The laptop excels at web browsing and word processing. It has average battery life at about 2 hours.

1 comment:

  1. Yay for new computers! And I think the battery lasts 2 hours. But I might just lose track of time when using it :P