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Compaq Presario CQ56-219WM vs ??? For Watching Movies Online

My hard drive crashed today, and I had to get something just to get online to shop, read reviews, search forums, etc for another laptop.
I had a 2003 Dell Precision M50 laptop, and it was still running great. It was $3000 in its day, although I bought it in 2005 for $500 used.
I went to Wal-Mart, and they had this Compaq Presario CQ56-219WM on rollback for $278. It seems to be ok speed-wise for general surfing the web, but I watch a lot of movies onine. The movies (all of them) are stopping/buffering more often, are more blotchy to watch, and not as crisp or defined during movie watching especially during fast moving scenes .

I know $300 (tax included) is a low price, but I have 15 days that I can return it. So, I'm hoping to find something that watches movies better (and surfing the web).
Is there a better option for $300 or just a little more????

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It's ok for watching video.

In reply to: Compaq Presario CQ56-219WM vs ??? For Watching Movies Online

BUT you didn't tell what internet connection you have. Some have DSL and write your story.

Look for any DUAL CORE CPU and you'll likely fare a lot better.

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More Info, Hope this Helps

In reply to: It's ok for watching video.

Sorry, I am not a computer expert by any means; so I may not have included the proper info. Please let me know if more is needed.

I have Wireless AT&T DSL Internet.
The movies watched just fine speed-wise and with a much clearer/sharper picture with my old 2003 laptop. I just tried watching "Rango" with my kids on this new laptop, and it continually paused/hesitated and was blotchy looking as well. Surfing the internet seems fine, but we do watch a lot of movies.

Any suggestions (either a specific laptop, link, thread)? Again, I'm trying to stay around $300 if possible with WI-FI and good enough speed to watch movies online, and good enough video for a decent picture.

Here is the 2011 laptop I bought:

Here is my 2003 old laptop (except I have 1024 MB memory) which works great for movies:,2817,5698,00.asp

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The Pentium 4m was no slouch.

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And moving back to Celeron isn't a good idea.

Sorry I found nothing I would buy at 300 bucks. Maybe you should add some ram to the old machine and save the bucks?

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OK, what about refurbished. I would pay a little more if I could get a bigger screen (17.3?). Portability is only slightly important. By portability, I mean we move the laptop from the bedroom where the printer and Wi-fi DSL connection is to the living room where the family watches movies; but we do this almost everyday.

What about something like this for speed and picture for watching movies:

Is this a good choice? Better Options?

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Read it. IMO? Pass.

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I can't find which Pentium. In fact the exact model was not easy to find (didn't find it) so I can't check to see if the CPU had at least HT.

As we get to 399 we have better choices. Even a new Dell.

And since you noted Walmart before, there are more at the price point of 399 and less that have dual core and more.

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Best $400 Laptop with 17.3"???

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I looked at the Dell you posted, but it has the 15.6" screen. I am willing to pay $399 if I can get a larger screen than 15.6 which it looks like is 17.3 from everything I'm seeing online.

Also, I am willing to purchase anywhere reputable - online or B&M. I just got the Compaq at Wal-mart, because it was close to home and I needed something immediately due to the M50 Precision hard drive crashing. I would replace the hardrive in the Precision as I found them on ebay for less than $50, but I do not have any discs or knowledge to reboot/reformat a hard drive.

So, with $400 and a 17.3 screen - what would you buy? I am open to refubished if it's worth it or possibly even used as I bought my M50 Precision used.

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Did you check out Walmart.

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Sorry but this is a member to member forum. You can check this out pretty fast.

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In reply to: Did you check out Walmart.

Sorry, should be posting in another area? I'm not quite sure what you are taking about.

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Sometimes folk misunderstand the CNET forums.

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No one is paid here so it's all volunteer.

This is where you get to do a little work. Head to and use their laptop picker to see if you can find a dual core machine with the LCD you want and then offer a link to that for comment.

Again, some members forget this is all volunteer or member to member and want a shopping service or folk to scour the world for this or that at the "best price."

Hope that helps,

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Back to Walmart and a refurb.

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I did some hunting as you suggested

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* Walmart HP Laptop
$398 HP / Pentium P6100 / 4GB / 320GB / 17.3" - Factory Refurbished

I did some looking as you suggested. How do these compare to the Wal-Mart HP:

Circuit City
1) $369 - Acer Aspire / Pentium P6200 / 4GB / 320GB / 17.3" - Factory Refurbished

Best Buy
2) $399 - Gateway / Athlon 2 / 4GB / 640GB / 17.3" - Factory Refurbished

Best Buy
3) $450 - HP Pavilion / Phenom 2 / 4GB / 500GB / 17.3" - New


Here is something I found on Nextag:
$344 - Gateway NV7317U / Athlon 2 / 3GB / 320GB / 17.3" - Factory Refurbished

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They all compare well.

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While I won't take the AMD units that's because I write apps and have my reasons. If this was the budget I'd pick the lowest cost dual core pentium then go look at it and make my decision.

No, I never buy a laptop on spec alone.

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I just bought this laptop as well

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I found this laptop at Pawn America for $160.00, and it was pretty much brand new. You can cheaply and in my opinion easily upgrade the CPU. I bought a new 2.3Ghz T4500 Dual Core processor off Ebay for $17 shipped and installed it in about an hour! This laptop is very easily taken apart and pretty simple to work with. You can even download a manual that guides you step by step in replacing parts. Bravo to HP for doing this. It runs WAY smoother and faster than the crappy Celeron. I don't see the point in making Celerons anymore.
If you don't feel comfortable with the cheap upgrade, I'd suggest a pawn shop hunt for a cheap notebook. I found my father a two year old Dual Core Presario for $99.00 at a pawn shop... all it needed was a charger.

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