Sluggish performance is usually the deal breaker for an entry-level laptop, and though the single-core Compaq Presario CQ62-215DX is far from a speed merchant, its biggest flaw isn't a lack of power but rather the finger power it requires to depress the stiff mouse button.
The Compaq Presario CQ60-615DX covers the basics, and that's really all you can ask for from a $349 laptop.
Saddled with a processor that's bottom-tier, the CQ60-417DX is a budget laptop with the chassis of a superior machine but the guts of an inferior one.
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The HP Compaq Presario SR5610f stirs together a mix of mediocre parts in a cookie-cutter chassis, brewing up an altogether yawn-worthy computer. The price tag falls in line with other budget systems that feature similar components, but we recommend spending $50 more on the Acer x3200, a well designed compact PC that can carry more weight across a wider variety of applications.
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Although the ThermaPAK HeatShift Bag needs a few design improvements, we're impressed with its ability to immediately draw heat away from our laptop.
The HP Compaq Presario V3000 delivers a strong set of components--plus a choice between AMD and Intel processors--and a decent set of basic features for a competitive price.
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The Targus Universal Notebook Docking Station with Video would be a winner if the VGA-over-USB experience were more fluid; however, video performance is so poor that we'd wager most people won't use it.
Just powerful enough for basic home use, the Compaq Presario V2300 features a low base price, a nice set of features, and very long battery life.
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The HP Compaq nc4200's balance of power and portability will appeal to business travelers, as long as they don't need an integrated optical drive.
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With more than six hours of battery life, the sturdy nx5000 is a good choice for frequent flyers and desk jockeys.