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Compaq Presario CQ60-220us 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC

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Compaq Presario CQ60-220us 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC

Compaq Presario CQ60

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The Bottom Line

Apr 13 2009 - With a suggested price of $550 and prices available near $500 at times, the Compaq Presario CQ60-220us is certainly a very affordable system. The pricing makes it a good choice for those looking to get more than what is available in the netbook arena. While it may not have as large or a hard drive, as much memory or even many expansion capabilities, it does work well for a basic computer for Internet usage or productivity with some multimedia use.
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Pros

  • Very Inexpensive
  • LightScribe Compatible DVD Burner

Cons

  • Very Limited Peripheral Connectors
  • Does Not Support Newer 802.11n Wireless
  • Lots of Trialwar

Description

  • Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3400 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
  • 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner With LightScribe
  • 15.6-inch WXGA (1366x768) Display
  • Intel GMA 4500M Integrated Graphics
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wireless
  • Three USB 2.0, VGA
  • 14.9" x 9.9" x 1.7" @ 6.6 lbs.
  • Vista Home Premium, Works, CyberLink DVD Suite, Norton Internet Security 2009

Guide Review - Compaq Presario CQ60-220us 15.6-inch Budget Laptop PC

Apr 13 2009 - While the Compaq Presario CQ60-220us is certainly a very affordable laptop computer, you definitely are getting what you paid for. The low price is going to attract a lot of people at buying this system, but you want to make sure that it will be sufficient for you needs prior to buying because there are a lot of limitations on what it can do.

In terms of performance, the system is pretty much on par with many budget laptops. It uses the Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3400 mobile processors that is decent although certainly not overpowering. The 2GB of memory is probably going to have more impact on the system than the actual processor. Most budget systems are coming with at least 3GB of memory.

Storage is also typical of what one would find in a budget laptop. The 250GB hard drive provides a decent amount of space for applications and data. It also comes equipped with a dual layer DVD burner for recording or playback of CDs and DVDs. It adds to this with the ability to burn labels directly to LightScribe compatible media.

So with all of this, why does one need to be wary? The Presario CQ60 case has a very limited number of peripheral ports. It does come equipped with three USB 2.0 ports, but it does not have any FireWire, HDMI or eSATA ports for external expansion. It also lacks any sort of ExpressCard slot for internal component expansion. About the only thing that can be upgraded is the memory.

The system does come with a fair amount of software preloaded on it. Much of this software is trial applications that require purchase to fully use. With all these programs preloaded, it certainly impacts the performance of the system until ones that will not be used are removed.

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