HP Compaq Presario CQ60-615DX

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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 5.0
  • Performance 6.0
  • Battery 6.0
  • Support 7.0
6.2 Overall

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Review

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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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $350
  • Brand HP
  • Type Celeron
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • Edition Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Capacity 250 GB
  • Diagonal Size 15.6 in
  • Chipset Type Mobile Intel GL40 Express
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