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HP Compaq Presario CQ62-220SA review

A solid budget portable that offers good value for money

Our Verdict

For basic web browsing and office tasks, this HP is cheap, well built and capable

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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For

  • Solid build
  • Portable
  • Touchpad is spacious and responsive
  • Impressively strong sound
  • Good connectivity

Against

  • Integrated graphics renders HD videos unplayable
  • Boring design
  • Battery life isn't great
  • Shortcut keys are easily hit by accident

Manufacturing giant HP has its own entry-level Compaq Presario range, which offers home and business machines at unbelievably low prices. The Compaq Presario CQ62-220SA is a cheap and perfectly serviceable budget portable.

An Intel Celeron 900 processor provides basic performance, but good enough for browsing the web and running simple office applications such as word processors. However, if you think you'll need to run several applications at once, you'd be better off with the Acer Aspire 5741Z.

The HP Compaq Presario CQ62-220SA has simple integrated graphics to cut costs. Unfortunately, it scored low in our benchmark tests, proving good enough only for viewing your photos and playing standard-definition movies.

HD movies are unplayable, displaying more like a slideshow, while only the most basic games, such as Bejewelled, will run well.

Benchmarks

Battery life: 215 minutes
Mobilemark 2007: 210
3Dmark 2003: 1562

Standard storage

HP compaq presario cq62 220sa

Most users will be satisfied with the 250GB of storage offered by the HP Compaq Presario CQ62-220SA, which offers enough room to store around 50,000 photos or MP3s. If you need to install a lot of software or have a large media collection, you'll be better served by the Acer Aspire 5741Z's 320GB hard drive.

Despite the boring black design, we were impressed by this laptop's build quality. The firm chassis proved resistant to knocks and scuff marks, and it's easily portable at 2.5kg, even if it is rather bulky.

The battery lasts 215 minutes between charges, which isn't great compared to its rivals in this price point, but isn't the worst either.

The keyboard is just as firm as the body, with slightly bevelled edges to distinguish between the keys. It's comfortable to use, but annoyingly has a row of shortcut buttons along the left edge which we kept hitting by mistake when we wanted the Ctrl or Shift keys. The touchpad is integrated into the palmrest, and is spacious and sensitive.

The 15.6-inch Super-TFT screen is reasonably colourful, although not as vibrant as the eMachines G627-202G25Mi's display. However, if you want to enjoy movies or music on your laptop, the integrated Altec Lansing speakers put out impressively strong sound considering the price.

If you have a wireless network at home, you can connect to the internet using 802.11n Wi-Fi. An alternative option is 10/100 Ethernet, which allows you to network by plugging the laptop directly into a modem. Other ports are standard, with three USB ports and VGA and HDMI connections available.

Verdict

If your needs extend only as far as browsing the web and your photo collection, the HP Compaq Presario CQ62-220SA is a cheap and cheerful laptop that does the job. It's well built and portable, with only a few dodgy niggles.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD Super-Multi
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyPresario CQ62-200
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Model900
ColourMatte Black
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameHP
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypeCeleron
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.50 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelGL40
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Labeling TechnologyLightScribe
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 762 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyBrightView
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height36.8 mm
Width374 mm
Depth246 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesCQ62-200
ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
Product ModelCQ62-220SA
Product NamePresario CQ62-220SA Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LinePresario
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberWY950EA#ABU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.hp.com/uk
Marketing Information

For PC functionality and performance that's also fully mobile, choose the HP Compaq Presario CQ62. It features powerful Intel or AMD processors, a range of multimedia and productivity features, and stylish design at a good value.

Maximum Memory4 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Presario CQ62-220SA Notebook
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Limited Warranty1 Year
    Bus Speed800 MHz