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HP Compaq Presario CQ62

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.

By July 9, 2010

2.5 stars Editors' rating July 9, 2010

HP Compaq Presario CQ5320Y

The spare, affordable Compaq Presario CQ5320Y midtower desktop can hold its own in a light-duty multitasking environment, but that's really its only strength. We'd recommend saving up a few more dollars, which will net you a PC with far better features and performance.

By April 4, 2010

3 stars Editors' rating April 4, 2010

MSRP: $409.99


HP Compaq Presario CQ60-615DX

The Compaq Presario CQ60-615DX covers the basics, and that's really all you can ask for from a $349 laptop.

By March 12, 2010

3 stars Editors' rating March 12, 2010

MSRP: $349.99


HP Compaq Presario CQ60-417DX

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.

By July 15, 2009

2.5 stars Editors' rating July 15, 2009

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HP Compaq Presario SR5610f

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.

By October 24, 2008

2.5 stars Editors' rating October 24, 2008

MSRP: $528.00


HP Compaq Presario SR5050NX

HP's new Compaq Presario SR5050NX squeaks by its direct eMachines competition, but both of those systems fall behind to HP's own SlimLine desktops in terms of features and performance. If you're looking for a basic desktop with expandability, though, we give this system the nod.

By June 22, 2007

3.5 stars Editors' rating June 22, 2007

MSRP: $559.99


HP Compaq Presario V6000T

The HP Compaq V6000T can be configured as anything from a budget system to a pricey multimedia powerhouse; when it's well equipped, it makes a great general-purpose laptop.

By November 21, 2006

3.5 stars Editors' rating November 21, 2006

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HP Compaq Presario V5000

A budget system from HP's Compaq line, the Presario V5000T offers basic productivity and reasonable upgradability that straddles the line between consumer and small business needs.

By September 24, 2006

3 stars Editors' rating September 24, 2006

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HP Compaq Presario V3000

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.

By May 8, 2006

3 stars Editors' rating May 8, 2006

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A Caltech whiz kid finds her way to Intel

Caltech graduating senior Michelle Jiang, a double major in mechanical engineering and business, set her sights on a tech giant and never looked back, fending off recruiters along the way.

By May 12, 2011