The Good Rock-bottom price; attractive design; good build quality; offers enough performance for basic tasks and some multitasking; roomy display; comfortable keyboard; Wireless-N Wi-Fi.
The Bad Single-core processor limits performance; no Webcam; no media card reader; stiff mouse buttons.
The Bottom Line The Compaq Presario CQ60-615DX covers the basics, and that's really all you can ask for from a $349 laptop.
|HP Compaq Presario CQ60-615DX||Lenovo ThinkPad X230||Lenovo ThinkPad X220||Lenovo ThinkPad X130e||Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (15-inch, 2014)|
|Price||$350 MSRP||$350 MSRP||$350 MSRP||$350 MSRP||$350 MSRP|
HP Compaq Presario CQ60-615DX
Editors' note: This review is part of our , which covers specific fixed configurations of popular systems found in retail stores.
The Compaq Presario CQ60-615DX follows the tried-and-true budget laptop formula, supplying an Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, integrated Intel graphics, a 250GB hard drive, and a 15.6-inch display for a bargain basement price. In fact, this $349 laptop features the same core specs as the Toshiba Satellite L455-S5975, which sold for $330 when we reviewed it last fall. We're not thrilled with paying more for basically the same laptop three months later, but we still think this Presario is a good value, in large part for its solid construction, comfortable keyboard, and roomy display. We recommend it more than the much slower and slightly cheaper Acer Aspire AS5532-5535.
If the cramped keyboards and small screens have kept you from picking up an inexpensive Netbook , then you should give the Compaq Presario CQ60-615DX a look. Like Netbooks, the Presario CQ60-615DX uses a single-core processor, which limits application performance, particularly when multitasking. However, for basic tasks it offers smooth performance. Note that laptops with dual-core CPUs, including the Asus K60I-RBBBR05, the Dell Inspiron i1545-4266iBU, or the Toshiba Satellite L505-ES5018, cost $150 to $170 more and offer significantly better performance.
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