HP Compaq Presario CQ62-116TU review: HP Compaq Presario CQ62-116TU

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Comfortable keyboard.

The Bad Trackpad sits flush with the wrist rest. Bland style. Average battery life. Better alternatives exist near this price point.

The Bottom Line The Presario CQ62 is a decent but unexciting laptop that doesn't stand out enough to make it a must-buy system.

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Put the Presario CQ62 up against the recently reviewed Presario CQ42 , and from a design perspective, you'd be hard put to pick the differences aside from screen size. The CQ62 sports a 15.6-inch, 1366x768-pixel display to the CQ42's 14-inch display, but otherwise they're cut from the same design cloth. That design cloth comes from the bargain basement rack at the back of Spotlight, as all you get to differentiate your notebook from any number of inexpensive models is an inlaid triangular pattern. It's pretty plain stuff, and nobody's going to buy the CQ62 for the style.

What they might buy it for is the keyboard, which has good response and plenty of space in which to operate. It's comfortable to use, and sits above the same flush-with-the-wrist-rest trackpad that we didn't like nearly as much on the CQ42. Tastes may vary, but we find we brush it with our wrists far too much simply because there's no gap or resistance point to delineate it while working.


The CQ62 uses a 2.26GHz Intel Core i3 i3-350M processor, 4GB of memory, a 500GB 7200rpm hard drive and Intel's HD Graphics Media Accelerator for pixel pushing tasks. The optical drive is a LightScribe SuperMulti DVD±RW with Double Layer Support. Connectivity includes three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, 100Mb Ethernet, modem, five-in-one card reader and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Where to Buy

HP Compaq Presario CQ62-116TU

Part Number: CNETHP Compaq Presario CQ62-116TU

Typical Price: $999.00

See manufacturer website for availability.