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Compaq Presario F750us Budget Laptop PC

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Compaq Presario F750us

Compaq Presario F750us

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The Bottom Line

The Compaq Presario F750us is one of the most competitively priced notebook systems on the market. For the price, it offers a good set of features and lots of software. The drawbacks are that it has limited performance due to less RAM and a lot of trialware.
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Pros

  • Very Low Cost Notebook
  • Strong Software Package

Cons

  • Only 1GB of Memory
  • Lots of Trailware Installed on System

Description

  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 TK-57 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
  • 120GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x Dual Layer DVD Burner with LightScribe
  • 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) Wide LCD Display
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7000M Integrated Graphics
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wireless
  • Three USB 2.0, FireWire, ExpressCard/54, 5-in-1 Card Reader
  • 14.1" x 10.1" x 1.6" @ 5.7 lbs.
  • Vista Home Premium, MS Works, AutoProducer, Photosmart Essentials, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - Compaq Presario F750us Budget Laptop PC

4/8/08 – The Compaq Presario F750us's biggest selling point is its price. With so many places offering the system, it is one of the least expensive complete notebook systems available on the market. This price has some trade offs that have some big implications on its functionality.

The Presario F750us is powered by the AMD Athlon 64 X2 TK-57 dual core mobile processor. This is a decent processor for a budget system but its performance is definitely below more expensive systems. The big problem is that it only comes with a single gigabyte of memory. This means that it has a harder time running applications as it is much more dependent upon virtual memory. Don't expect it to perform well in multitasking or heavy memory applications under the Vista operating system.

Storage is a bit mixed with the Presario F750us. The 120GB hard drive is a bit smaller than the average 160GB used on many competing notebooks. On the other hand, the dual layer DVD burner also supports burning labels directly to LightScribe compatible CD and DVD media.

15.4” screens are pretty much the norm now in the budget market segment. Compaq is no different here using a standard 1280x800 resolution screen and an integrated NVIDIA GeForce 7000M processor. Don't expect much in terms of 3D graphics or PC gaming.

One area where the Presario F750us is really strong is with the software. HP includes a wide variety of applications for just about any task with the notebook. There is a drawback to this though in that they also include a large amount of trialware. This adds an unnecessary amount of resident programs that eat up system memory and storage space. Be prepared to spend time uninstalling applications you won't want to use.

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