Pros Clear display, powerful processor, 3 Gigs of RAM, connects to wireless networks fast, goes & returns to sleep & hibernate very fast, very quite fan, good graphics, does not get very hot, easy to clear and sports a sleek design.
Cons RAM not upgradeable past the stock 3GBs, a little heavy, attracts fingerprints, no expansion card slot, and only a mediocre battery.
Summary First off, I would like to point out (as an avid computer user and PC/Mac technician) that the reviewer of this notebook computer either a) got paid off by a rival PC company, b) got a lemon, or c) is terribly wrong all outright. Judging on the likelihood, theory a seems to be out of the water, so it seems like the reviewer either got a bad notebook to review or is just flat out wrong.
I will be the first to tell you that this notebook FLIES. Throw out all of your previous (and probably negative views) of Compaq. This notebook simply blasts away other notebooks of similar specs and value. However, this notebook does not include an expansion slot or room to upgrade the RAM. But honestly, what do you expect from a budget laptop? A few months ago, a laptop like this would have cost well over $1000 with tax and all included.
I really like the fact that this notebook does not seem to get as hot as other notebooks I have had in the past. I also like that the second that I click "Microsoft Word", or "Mozilla Firefox" the application is up in less than a second on average. After you uninstall the "bloatware", such as the Norton Anti-Virus crap (Install AVG Internet Security or if you're going cheap, AVG Free) the computer truly starts to shine. In fact, if you go in and disable some features you do not use (Start-Control Panel- Uninstall a Program-Turn Windows Features On or Off on the left tasks bar) like the games or network printing, then you can get this baby to fly as fast as any $1000 notebook today. This computer connects to wifi internet very fast, no waiting after you open it up from sleep or turn it on. That reminds me, this notebook consistently starts up and shuts down very fast. Even after using this computer every days for weeks on end, I have seen now visible slow down. Granted, I have uninstalled programs that I do not use or did not want, such as any free trials, Microsoft Works, etc. I have also downloaded the free computer cleaner, CCleaner and the paid computer optimizer Auslogics Bootspeed 4. But, in all reality, in order to keep a computer working properly over weeks and months of use, it is your duty to keep it clear of junk files such as cookies, and to uninstall any software you don't/won't ever use.
The negatives are clear however: only a mediocre battery life and no expansion slow. I believe that the performance of this system is great, although the Cnet review seems to think it sucks. I am not sure exactly what he or she wants out of this computer. It runs Photoshop, MS office and all browsers flawlessly. Data transfer from a USB drive to the HDD is very fast, and it comes pre installed with Vista SP1 (big wireless network speed improvements).
The bottom line is if you utilize the correct virus prevention software (such as AVG) that does not negatively impact system performance, and if you keep spyware off your computer (spybot, adaware, etc) then you will be fine. Utilize a good firewall too, such as Comodo.
I HIGHLY recommend this notebook!
Pros Excelent Performance, style, Webcam & Mic
Cons Well, the only con is that it has no cool pattern. It would be cool to have that.
Summary Like I said, the critic is WRONG about this notebook. HP gave me this model notebook to replace my malfunctioning F579WM notebook and Imediatly, This notebook suprised me with EXCELENT performance. My cousin has a Dell Inspiron 1525 and my presario "smoked" her Inspiron in preformance, style, features and price. The battery, I could get 2 1/2-3 hrs of life out of that thing. Even if i use the webcam constantly i still get great battery life out of that thing. The webcam & mic comes very handy to use to take pics of me and friends in front of my laptop, and also to chat to my girlfriend. Overall, This is an excellent computer. Its worth paying for it. (even though I didn't pay for it)
Pros Good features for the price.
Cons Extremely poor failure record. See Summary below.
Summary I have spent many hours browsing the Internet for info about the Presario CQ50, esp. Model 115NR, which I own --- or did own. It is now totally dead!
Even a cursory search will reveal dozens of reports of multiple failures and total failure of this model. A major issue is its use of the NVIDIA GeForce 8200M graphics chipset, which has been involved in major failure of the soldering of the unit to the m/b due to its extremely high temperature when operating.
In my case, a failure to boot to Vista, in Feb 2010, was resolved by obtaining the DVD recovery disks for Vista from Compaq and reinstalling the OS. Unfortunately, six months later, the machine was completely dead, with no boot, no fan spinning, and no HD start. No lights or sounds upon starting, with or without the battery installed. The power LED lights up when the adapter is plugged in. Perhaps the PSU or the m/b has failed. Removal of the HD and testing in a desktop machine reveals it is fine. Both the OS and the Recovery partitions are present and appear undamaged. The two sticks of PC2-5300 memory work well in a second machine.
HP G50 Notebook PC and
Compaq Presario CQ50 Notebook PC
Maintenance and Service Guide
Third Edition: October 2008
First Edition: June 2008
Document Part Number: 482521-003
Of course, I am aware that many reviewers and commenters here have been very satisfied with the CQ50.
"Great value!"on by nessafive
Pros I've only had it a few weeks, but so far I love it. Good sound and video quality, long battery life, plenty fast enough for home and school use.
Cons A little heavy (I think about 6 and a half pounds), no volume controls (although I rarely used them on my old computer anyway), no webcam.
Summary I think this computer is a great value. I got it on sale at Best Buy for $495, and it is much faster and has more hard drive space than most $600-$700 laptops I looked at. I do wish it had a webcam, but I bought a clip-on one for $40 that is better quality than lots of built-in ones. I'm not a gamer so I can't rate it on that, but I would definitely recommend it for a college student or a professional who works outside of the office.
Pros Portable, lightweight, keyboard is perfect. love the mouse pad! it has the touch scroll bar! appearance, AWESOME! graphx and movie playing, outstanding! love the auto wireless power on! dont forget the Lightscribe
Cons Battery life, only 3hrs on power medium mode. or 5 on power save mode.
Summary Couldn't ask for a better laptop with the great price. (except the Sony VAIO, expensive!) but my fav one! the dual core processor is AWESOME! Vista Home Premium makes it even better! All the power options and graphx and Media Center! Dont forger LightScribe, Laser image CD burning. Perfect. I recommend it to any student!