HP Compaq CQ50-115NR review: HP Compaq CQ50-115NR

The story doesn't get any better when it comes to battery life. On our drain test, the Compaq Presario CQ50-115NR fell just 9 minutes shy of the 2-hour mark, which is below average for a mainstream system. Worse, four of our 15.4-inch entry-level back-to-school laptops outlasted the CQ50 by 37 minutes or more.

Though purchased at retail, HP's basic one-year parts-and-labor warranty applies to the Presario CQ50. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, and an online knowledge base and driver downloads for this specific model can be found at HP's support site.

Multimedia multitasking test (in minutes)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5875
1,287 
Compaq Presario CQ50-115NR
1,355 
Toshiba Satellite L355D-S7815
1,561 
Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5875
275 
Compaq Presario CQ50-115NR
302 
Toshiba Satellite L355D-S7815
316 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5875
229 
Toshiba Satellite L355D-S7815
242 
Compaq Presario CQ50-115NR
243 

Video Playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Satellite L305-S5875
148 
Compaq Presario CQ50-115NR
111 
Toshiba Satellite L355D-S7815
104 

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System configurations:
Compaq CQ50-115NR
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.0GHz AMD Turion X2 Mobile RM-70; 3,072MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G; 200GB Seagate 5,400rpm.

Toshiba Satellite L305-S5875
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T2390; 3,072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 200GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm.

Dell Inspiron 1525-121B
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T2390; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 160GB Western Digital 5,400rpm.

Sony VAIO VGN-NR430 E/L
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T2390; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 160GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm.

Toshiba Satellite L355D-S7815
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.90GHz AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core QL-60; 3,072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB ATI Radeon 3100; 160GB Toshiba 5400rpm.

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    HP Compaq CQ50-115NR

    Part Number: CQ50-115NR Released: Jul 13, 2008

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    • Release date Jul 13, 2008