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Compaq Presario CQ62-220US 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC

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Compaq Presario CQ62-220US 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC

Compaq Presario CQ62

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The Bottom Line

Oct 8 2010 - Compaq's Presario CQ62-220US may be a very affordable laptop with a price of $500 but there are enough quirks to it that users would be better served by spending just a bit more. Performance is decent from the AMD processor but it still lags behind Intel's offerings. The lack of features such as HDMI, a webcam and media card reader are all significant and can be found on most other laptops just $50 to $100 more. Finally, the keyboard and trackpad layout can be very frustrating to use at times. In short, Compaq may have made it affordable and well built but they took out too many features.
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Pros

  • Low Cost
  • Good Build Quality For Its Price

Cons

  • Limited Expansion Ports
  • Lacks Webcam Or Card Reader
  • Keyboard And TrackPad Layout Difficult To Use

Description

  • AMD Athlon II P320 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 3GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 320GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 Integrated Graphics
  • Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • Three USB 2.0, VGA
  • 14.7" x 9.7" x 1.4" @ 5.5 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Trial, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - Compaq Presario CQ62-220US 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC

Oct 8 2010 - Compaq's Presario CQ62-220US tries to make an affordable laptop by switching to a more affordable AMD platform. It uses the new Athlon II P320 dual core mobile processor. This is combined with 3GB of DDR3 memory which is slightly less than the 4GB average but should only run into issues when heavily multitasking. While it has a similar clock speed to the Intel Core i3 processor, it consistently falls behind Intel's budget mobile processor. Those looking for performance will want to spend a bit more for the performance.

Storage features of the Presario CQ62-220US are pretty much similar to many other budget laptops that cost a bit more. It features a 320GB hard drive that provides a decent amount of space for applications, data and media files. Unlike some previous Presario laptops, it uses the typical 5400rpm spin rate that provides it with modest performance. A dual layer DVD burner handles playback and recording of DVDs or CDs. Unlike many other laptops though, the Presario does not feature any card reader slots. This make transferring data between devices with flash cards more difficult.

As with many other budget laptops, Compaq has elected the widely used and affordable 15.6-inch panel. The screen features a 1366x768 native resolution and also comes with a glossy coating common to most consumer laptops. While this helps give a bit brighter and more colorful picture, it does result in glare and reflections under certain lighting conditions. Driving the graphics is the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250. This is a step up from Intel's integrated graphics option in that it has better 3D performance but it still doesn't have much beyond basic casual 3D gaming at low resolutions and details. The big issue is the lack of an HDMI or digital port that prevents the laptop from displaying some HD video content on an external monitor.

The Presario CQ62-220US comes equipped with a standard six cell battery pack that is common to many budget class laptops. While the AMD Athlon II processor fell behind the Core i3 processors in performance, it didn't seem to improve the battery life at all. In DVD playback tests, the unit was able to run for just under two and a half hours before going into standby mode. More typical usage should yield about another hour. This puts it on par with many other budget oriented laptops.

The keyboard and trackpad on the Presario CQ62-220US will be frustrating to a number of users. While many laptops feature media specific keys on them, most are above or to the right of the keyboard. This keyboard layout has them on the left hand side. This can cause the accidental opening of applications. The trackpad uses a flush design with a single button bar. Since the texture of the pad is no different from the palmrest, it is hard to judge the edge and location of the pad at times.

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