Compaq Presario CQ60-210US 15.6-Inch Laptop (2.0 GHz AMD Athlon X2 QL-62 Dual-Core Processor, 2 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, DVD Drive, Vista Premium)
List Price: $765.00

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Product Description

Redefining simplicity with thin lines, an icon touchpad, and a sleek touch control panel, the Compaq Presario CQ60-210US Notebook PC is ready to give you superb everyday computing.

Redefining simplicity with its thin lines and glossy black Imprint finish, the stylish and reliable HP Compaq CQ60-220US notebook PC provides all the basics for your mobile computing needs at an affordable price. Enjoy full screen viewing with the 15.6-inch screen's 16:9 aspect ratio--perfect for full-screen viewing of HDTV and other HD content. And the BrightView display looks good even in direct sunlight, and it supports High-Definition video playback (native 720p) enhanced by Altec Lansing audio.

You can easily burn your home video productions to DVD for friends and family with the dual-layer, multi-format DVD/CD burner, which enables you to store up to 8.5 GB of data on a DL disc. Create custom laser-etched disc labels right in the drive with LightScribe disc printing.

This 6.6-pound laptop is powered by the 2.0 GHz dual-core AMD Athlon X2 QL-62 processor, which provides easy multitasking capabilities, and it features 54g wireless networking (802.11b/g), enabling you to stay connected at coffeeshop and airport hotspots. Other features include a large 250 GB hard drive, 2 GB of installed RAM (4 GB maximum), multi-format memory card reader, Intel GMA X4500MHD graphics with up to 797 MB of total available graphics memory, and pre-installed Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit, Service Pack 1). This PC also includes 60 days of Norton Internet Security 2009 (with the option to extend) for PC and identity protection when you email, bank and shop online.
Spec Check
  • 15.6-inch LCD screen (true 16:9)
  • 2.0 GHz AMD Athlon X2 QL-62 dual-core processor
  • 250 GB hard drive
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB maximum)
  • Dual-layer Lightscribe DVDR drive
  • 54g Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8200M graphics (up to 895 MB total)
  • Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)
  • Weighs 6.62 pounds

The Basics

  • Processor: AMD's Athlon X2 QL-62 dual-core processor is built for tomorrow's 64-bit applications, which will require a processor with significant power. Dual-core technology is like having two processors working together, each one taking care of different applications, so power-users actually experience greater performance when multiple applications are running. Digital media enthusiasts will appreciate the enhancements while simultaneously working in high-definition video and photo editing and audio mixing programs. It includes such AMD features as HyperTransport Technology (which increases the communication between integrated circuits) and Enhanced Virus Protection.

    This 2.0 GHz processor offers a system bus with speeds up to a blazing 3600 MHz and each core offers a 512 KB L2 cache--for a 1 MB total. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance. The FSB carries data between the CPU and RAM, and a faster front-side bus will deliver better overall performance.)

  • Hard Drive: The generous 250 GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 RPM) provides more than enough capacity for storing a large audio and video library, as well as extra space required for video editing. This SATA hard drive also quickens the pace with a higher speed transfer of data--akin to Firewire and USB 2.0.

  • Memory: The 2 GB of installed RAM (PC2-6400, 1 x 2 GB, 2 x 1 GB) is a great start. This notebook has a 4 GB maximum RAM capacity (2 x 2 GB). To receive the faster data transfer benefits of the dual-channel DDR2 RAM, any RAM additions require memory modules of same capacity and clockspeed.

  • DVD/CD Drive: This multiformat DVD/CD drive is compatible with writing both DVD+ and DVD- disc formats as well as dual-layer (DL) DVD+/-R discs, which can store up to 8.5 GB of data. It features 4x DVD-R DL Write Once, 2.4x DVD+R DL Write Once, 8x DVD+R, 4x DVD+RW, 8x DVD-R, 4x DVD-RW, 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CD-R, 24x CD-RW, and 40x CD-ROM speeds.

    This LightScribe DVDRW drive lets you laser-etch silkscreen quality text and images on to CDs and DVDs . Your software, PC and discs work together for a no-hassle way to burn just the labels you want. After you burn content, just flip the disc over, reinsert and burn your label--anything from a simple title to a full-disc work of art.

  • Keyboard & Mouse: This notebook has a 101-key keyboard (with integrated numeric keypad) and a touchpad with on/off button and dedicated vertical/horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad.
Screen, Video & Audio
You'll enjoy razor-sharp graphics and widescreen movies with the 15.6-inch WXGA high-definition screen, which has a widescreen resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels--a perfect 16:9 aspect ratio for watching DVD movies the way they were meant to be seen. Video is powered by the NVIDIA GeForce 8200M graphics card, which provides up to 895 MB of available RAM/video memory. Optimized for mobile computing, it provides long lasting performance even when watching high-definition videos or using graphically intense applications. PureVideo HD does the video decoding, instead of the power-hungry CPU, extending your battery life, reducing fan noise, and freeing the CPU for multitasking, so you never miss a scene. Various technologies such as PowerMizer SX or SmartDimmer help monitor your system to maximize performance or battery life.

The Altec Lansing speakers provide exceptional sound, and a pair of stereo earbud headphones with volume controls is included.

Networking, Connectivity & Expansion
This notebook has an integrated 54g wireless LAN that's fully compatible with 802.11b/g wireless networks. Note that it does not come with either a PC Card or ExpressCard slot. It includes the following basic set of connectivity options:

  • 3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack
  • RJ-45 port for 10/100 Ethernet connection
  • 56K modem port (V.90)
  • 5-in-1 memory card reader (Secure Digital, MultiMedia, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, xD Picture Card)

Operating System
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with SP1 (32-bit) is the operating system for users with advanced computer needs, and it includes all of the Windows Media Center capabilities for turning your PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center for watching DVD movies and accessing your digital audio library. You can also use Windows Media Center to record and watch your favorite TV shows (even HDTV) and to access new kinds of online entertainment content. Computers that include Windows Vista Home Premium and an auxiliary Windows SideShow display will also allow you to access key data even when your computer is off. It is also easier than ever to share files between other PCs in your household and to manage your laptop computer settings to more securely connect via Wi-Fi.

Every edition of Windows Vista provides the essential tools and technologies to help protect you whether you are browsing the Internet, connecting to a wireless network, or just reading e-mail. All editions of Windows Vista include new tools that can warn you of impending hardware failures long before you have lost any important personal data. And, all Windows Vista editions include parental control features that allow you to manage and monitor your family's use of games, the Internet, instant messaging, and other activities.

Preloaded Software

  • Cyberlink DVD Suite: Create CDs and DVDs. Edit, burn and archive data to discs.
  • Microsoft Works 9: Includes a word processor, spreadsheet, database and calendar.
  • Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 (60-day trial version).
  • Adobe Reader 8: Read and print PDF files.
  • Norton Internet Security 2009 protects your PC and your identity when you email, bank and shop online; 60 days of protection updates included.

Dimensions & Weight
This notebook measures 14.88 x 9.9 x 1.72 inches (WxHxD) and weighs 6.62 pounds.

It's powered by a 6-cell rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which has a battery life of up to 2 hours (depending on usage).

What's in the Box
This package contains the HP Compaq Presario CQ60-210US notebook PC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, and operating instructions. It is backed by a limited warranty for parts and labor for one year from date of purchase as well as technical telephone assistance for one year. Software is also covered for 30 days from date of purchase.

  • Stylish laptop with 15.6-inch screen for true 16:9 aspect ratio and glossy black Imprint finish,
  • 2.0 GHz AMD Athlon X2 QL-62 dual-core processor, 250 GB hard drive, 2 GB RAM (4 GB max), dual-layer DVD burner with LightScribe printing
  • 54g Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), Fast Ethernet, NVIDIA GeForce 8200M graphics (up to 895 MB total)
  • Connections: 3 USB, 1 VGA, 5-in-1 memory card reader (compatible with Secure Digital and Memory Stick)
  • Pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit, SP1)

Customer Reviews:

  • Not bad.
    I bought this machine after having had a series of problems with a comparable model from another manufacturer. So far it has served me well. I've had it for just over a month, and it hasn't given me any problems. The one I got came with 2GB RAM, and I was able to upgrade that to 4 for about $80. The only real concern that I have is that I use it mostly for gaming, so it gets a little hot. Consider additional cooling. ...more info
  • Good Performance at Good Value
    I purchased this laptop for use at work and so far I have enjoyed it and have been please with its operation.

    Some details if you like, it come sin a silver and matte black motif.

    Microphone and headphones ports are on the front, which maybe inconvenient if you plug in external speakers. The built in speakers (Altec Lansing, located at top of keyboard near the screen) aren't great, but by laptop standards they are decent.

    The laptop's overall speed is pretty good, but the first thing I would do if invest another $60 and upgrade your RAM to the full 4GB.

    Keyboard isn't too loud. The touchpad is nice and is built into the surrounding silver motif. You also have a button to turn the touchpad on and off when you want which is nice.

    All of your ports are on the sides, as the rear of the laptop is made up of the hinge for the screen. You get 3 USB, 1 Ethernet, 1 VGA, and a phone port. There is no PCMIA, which is a bummer if you wanted to add a cellular wireless card, but we will live.

    The screen is bright, and built in HP software which is okay for beginners, is fairly easy to turn off and get out of the way.

    So considering the price, if you upgrade your RAM, I consider this a good machine for the price....more info
  • fantastic notebook for under 600 full featured too
    Compaq Presario CQ60-210US

    Pros: While touted as a sub notebook this offering full of features. The screen is bright crisp. Has a media slot. This offering also plays wow and lord of the rings online well. It manages some sim games as well as roller coaster tycoon well. While i would not expect it to manage graphic intensive newer games , it does manage some what dated games very well
    watched a movie recently with the dvd player. It was very easy . Just put the dvd in, and media player reconized it instantly .

    Cons: Short battery life ( under 2 hours). 3 usb slots, no hdmi ( tv out put) no web cam
    The outside of lap top is shiney black and a finger print magnet. Some might prefer to keep clear plastic sheet on it to deal with that

    Summary: Very surprised at all the features and the fact with the 256 meg video that it handles some games very well. I had a net book . This was a better choice for me
    Found it at stapples for 399.00 with mail in [...] from hp

    warning it does not come with product recovery disks. However for about 16.00 you can order it on line or use phone support and get them to mail a product recover disk to you...more info
  • Compaq Presario CQ60-210US
    This system is a wonderful system. I purchased it for a friend and he has told me that he has had a wonderful experience with it. It has good performance and a great deal of system power. The specs do him well since he is a DJ and is now free of the system lock-ups in the middle of a session which was a common thing to experience with his previous system. Very lovely. Compliments to HP/Compaq....more info
  • HP Pulling Away From The Pack
    May 2, 2009

    I am extremely pleased with this laptop purchase and the excellent and thorough customer service issued by HP from delivery onward. I am not, in this concise review going to offer my perceptions of the outstanding technical ability of this unit due to space considerations. Suffice to say HP has been the leader in home and business computing for many years now and known widely and internationally as a top flight engineering and scientific plus corporation. To acquire a sophisticated unit from HP, having purchased this laptop myself through this site at a miraculous and more than competitive price point can only be considered by the customer to be a win/win situation. As someone owning a home business, reliability and functionality is of the utmost importance. My wife as well, organizing family sports events also profits from the accuracy that HP offers with this Compaq Presario laptop.

    Jay Adler, Music Critic...more info
  • Blah
    Few things make this laptop horrible....
    1) HP has 'crap' driver support for XP; you'll occasionally experience buffer overflows using XP as your OS. The driver support is UNOFFICIAL! Meaning you'll be using out-dated 'bugged' drivers.
    3) HDD is 5400 RPM
    4) Sound quality is terrible
    5) Only supports THIS Athlon CPU. You cannot upgrade it to a Turion or anything else (which is expected of laptops)
    6) Does not support Linux (Linux however is trying to support it)
    7) Upon having to restore from the restore partition, it had somehow managed to become corrupt.
    8) Glossy finish makes for a dirty looking laptop that you constantly have to be cleaning
    9) Although I do give a plus on WiFi however after 2.5 months the WiFi card (PCI) is dying on me.
    10) I've called HP and they're sending me a replacement... The problem with this is I called them in March and they STILL have not sent me the replacement. I've called them and they told me that they'll send it when they have more of the product. So you might not want to go with HP...

    On the flip side...
    1) It's fast
    2) Supports up to 4GB RAM (however, HP ships this laptop with 32-bit Vista, but yet it comes with 4GB of RAM support (can't use unless you have a 64-bit OS) and a 64-bit CPU, so supporting 4GB of RAM and shipping with a 64-bit CPU makes no sense)
    3) Wi-Fi is VERY strong
    4) Touch-pad is 'smooth' and not annoying
    5) HP sent me recovery disks at their expense
    ...more info
  • Excellent laptop for the price
    Sharp, clear wide screen. Great picture, but it does widen your desktop photos so that people look short/wide. Fast, especially after you remove the HP "bloatware". Has a number pad, which is nice, but I needed some time to get used to the keypad arrangement being a little to the left because of it. No real cons, unless you want a webcam (doesn't have one), but those freak me out anyway!
    I paid $399 at Staples, with rebates from HP to get a printer, too. Best deal I've gotten in a long time....more info
  • Excelent laptop for the price
    I Bought this laptop primarily for programming, and occasionally converting videos from one format to another, besides the usual stuff, like browsing the internet and minor playing.

    I must say that i was impressed by the product as a whole, from the design, the bright wide screen, the 5-in-1 memory reader, the full numeric keypad (a plus for me, because i usually work with excel, and typing number is much easier that way), and the power of its processor, which, albeit not being a Core 2 Duo, performs very well in multitasking with everyday applications.

    The cons are a few, but i should mention them as well: No HDMI output, no PCMCIA expansion slots, no integrated webcam and no firewire port.

    In particular, i dont need any of the things however, i think a potential customer should know it just in case, to make a more informed decision.

    Overall i think this laptop is worth the $531 i paid for it, and would recommend it to whoever needs a nice feature-packed laptop for a low price.
    ...more info
  • Awesome Value - Great Laptop!
    I LOVE this laptop. I was afraid that it was going to be bulky because it was so much cheaper than the others with similar features, but it's thin and sleek - very stylish and has awesome Altec Lansing speakers.
    This was a great buy!
    The only thing that's missing is a built-in webcam which is not important to me but could be to others....more info
  • Great laptop, great price!
    After using a desktop for years, I finally decided to upgrade to a laptop. The Compaq Presario that I purchased is phenominal. The only thing I wish I would have paid attention to was that it did not come with a webcam or mic, but I honestly cannot complain. This is a wonderful product for a great price!...more info
    I received my laptop the exact day Amazon said I would. I love it and have found little to complain about. However, the reason I did not give it 5 stars is that it is making a static noice. I e-mailed Amazon and the gave me the info for HP and told me to contact them. I did. They did remote testing and found everything ok. The noise is still there. I was told I could bring it to Best Buy and if they deemed it appropriate, they will send it back to HP. I have not done that as I am in the field and won't be home for 2 weeks. I will write back about my experience then. ...more info
  • Nice laptop, good price
    This was a replacement laptop for a 2 yr old compaq and is a much better machine. It is large for a laptop, has a great screen, and has given me no problems. I loaded 2007 Office Suite on this. It is a very fast machine. Shipping from Amazon was quick and easy. I later found the same machine at the same price at a local Staples but since Amazon did not charge for shipping I came out the same. Look through the laptop literature carefully - there is reference to an extended accidental damage warranty that can be purchased online for slightly over $100 a year. It is a good idea if the laptop is going to travel around or be used by a younger person. You can make restore disks one time - it takes 3 DVDs or about 17 CDs. Best to do this right away after purchase and store in a safe place. If I had done that last time I might have been able to save my previous laptop. It will take about an hour and well worth the trouble....more info
  • A laptop that comes up a little short
    My problems with this laptop:

    1) it uses the intel graphics adapter. Yes, this laptop like all entry level laptops, was not really meant for gaming but lets face it, with today's technology, all entry level laptops can in fact play any game except for those out in the last year, when given enough of the associated resources. Why does it not have the nvidia mobile video like its sister machines.

    2) advertising is suspect (putting it nicely); notice how the description says "ready for tomorrow's 64-bit applications" yet in typical stupidity, it is sold with the 32-bit version of Vista. How are you supposed to run 64-bit apps like the add says, if you only have a 32-bit O/S? You can't.

    3) only comes with 2gb of memory. Hey, the max is four. How much more can it really cost to add the extra 2GB? Not much, memory is cheap today. Having 4GB vs 2GB makes all the difference in running VISTA. Vista is a nice snappy O/S, as long as you have enough memory.

    4) no hdmi out port. I am OK with this I guess; not an issue if you are never hooking it to another monitor or tv. It is after all an entry leve laptop.

    So in the end, another could have been. Stick with the 212-us sister machine, it is the same machine (2.0GHz cpu) but has the 64-bit O/S and 4GB of memory and 8200m video.

    Hail Flavius...more info
  • HP
    hi !!!

    i've bought this laptop end please confirm me when it will be delivered ok?
    i think the hp is the best choise and thats why i've bought it !!!

    thank you !!!...more info
  • Great BANG for the BUCK!
    I won't restate what have already been covered. If you are looking for an inexpensive laptop that covers all the basic plus some, this is it. Internet, email, games, movie watching, and portable.

    I am a techie and while I agree that all the components are not the top of the line, it is an AWESOME laptop from my wife's perspective!! The only thing that took some getting used to was the keyboard is like a full 101 PC keyboard. It has a full 10 key which shifts the QWERETY over a touch.

    I would recommend it and after owning it for 3 months, I would buy one again! As far as the price goes, look around and don't pay about $420 for it. You should be able to find this unit for around $399-$419 after rebates....more info