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HP Compaq Presario CQ56-102SA

alaTest has collected and analyzed 847 reviews of HP Compaq Presario CQ56-102SA. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and screen. The usability and performance are also appreciated. There are some critical views about the energy efficiency and touchpad. Comments about the sound and durability are different.

price, performance, usability, screen, portability

keyboard, battery, touchpad, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP Compaq Presario CQ56-102SA is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for HP Compaq Presario CQ56-102SA


alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 user reviews of HP Compaq Presario CQ56-102SA from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on People are impressed by the portability and reliability. The usability and performance are also appreciated, whereas there are some negative reviews about the touchpad and keyboard. There are some mixed reviews about the image quality.

price, performance, usability, reliability, portability

design, size, keyboard, touchpad

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Compaq CQ56-256 15.6 inch Laptop (AMD Dual core P360 Processor, 3GB RAM, 320GB HDD, Windows 7 Home Premium) - BlackCompaq CQ56-256 15.6 inch Laptop (AMD Dual core P360 Processor, 3GB RAM, 320GB HDD, Windows 7 Home Premium) - Black

Jun, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for HP Compaq Presario CQ56-102SA


alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of HP Compaq Presario CQ56-102SA from The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on People are impressed by the screen and portability. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are less positive about the sound and touchpad.

performance, price, usability, portability, screen

reliability, durability, touchpad, sound

50% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Compaq CQ56 15.6" Notebook Intel dual core 2.3GHz 2GB 250GB DVD±R/RWup to 5 hour battery lifeHP Compaq CQ56 15.6" Notebook Intel dual core 2.3GHz 2GB 250GB DVD±R/RWup to 5 hour battery life

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Sebastian Jentsch (

Review HP Compaq Presario CQ56 Notebook


Two-Nine-Nine. These three numbers add up to the most attractive

Low price; Stable case; Resistant surfaces; Aluminum reinforced hinges; 2 RAM slots (one empty); Good hard disk; Three hour battery life; Low emissions; Viable keyboard

Only few interfaces; No cardreader; Not AR coated; Poor contrasts & viewing angles; Weak performance; Stiff mouse keys

HP 625: dual core with matt TFT and more interfaces starting at 325 euro; HP 620: more performance with Intel's dual core; HP Compaq Presario CQ62: higher quality and with dual core; MSI CR630: technically almost identical, but with eSATA and...

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Tommy Melville (

HP Compaq Presario CQ56-111SA review


A solid laptop, offering decent levels of performance but irritating usability

Good performance ; Price ; Keyboard ; Bright screen

Touchpad design ; Graphics power

Feb, 2011

Consumer review (

Buyer Beware


Great Price or so I thought

Critical Failure on high memory caused me to have to have technical fix my laptop only 1 month into my ownership

Mar, 2012

Consumer review (

Excellent value for the money


This Compaq is my first laptop. It is very fast and reliable. Excellent graphics. My only negative comment would be that the keys are not that easy to type on (not the raised style keys). That being said, it is still a very good value for the money.

Sep, 2011

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great for the money


I couldn't pass it up for the price,,a great starter laptop

Sep, 2011

Consumer review (

Good Value


Not the fastest or best equipped but it does what I was looking for with no problems and at a price I was willing to pay.

Sep, 2011

Consumer review (

Refurbished but still not fixed


I bought this after ordering 2 HP laptops that arrived with serious problems----bad enough to get a return label. Thought this might be one of them after corrections----might have been----but still has serious problems.

Sep, 2011

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best thing for the price


bought this pc for my aunt, she totally love it.She is going back to school, didnt want to spend a lot of money on pc. i get her this one and she instantly fall in love with it. love the wide screen

Sep, 2011

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Works Great


No problems a bargain for the price

Sep, 2011

Consumer review (

Outstanding Laptop


This has to be the best deal on this website an awesome laptop running Windows 7 for only $259. I received the laptop last week and it's great runs fast and smooth with no problems at all. Highly recommended A ++++

Sep, 2011

Product Specifications


Audio system:Generic
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6


Front camera:Y


Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver


Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Notebook


3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display number of colors:16.77 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No

Energy Management

AC adapter power:65


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4250 / Intel GMA 4500M
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.797 / 0.893 / 1.309 / 1.37 / 1.405 / 1.66 / 1.917
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:AMD Radeon HD 4000 / Intel GMA
On-board graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 4250 / Intel GMA 4500M


Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes


Internal memory:2 / 3 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):2


3G: No
Bluetooth: No
Cabling technology:10/100Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Networking features:Ethernet, Fast Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-590.6 - 480000
Operating altitude:-590.6 - 120000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60

Optical Drive

LightScribe: Yes
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL

Other Features

Audio system:Generic
Compatible operating systems:Linux SuSe SLED11 / Windows 7
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
Graphics adapter family:AMD / ATI / Intel
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Power supply type:AC/DC
TV in port: No
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Package depth:4.33
Package height:13.6
Package weight:8.16
Package width:20.5


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:65


Bus type:FSB
Chipset:AMD RS880M / Intel GL40 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):15
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Motherboard chipset:AMD RS880M / Intel GL40 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:376 / 410
Processing die size:107 / 162
Processor:900 / 925 / P320 / P360 / T3500 / T4500 / V140
Processor cache:0.5 / 1 / 4
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Penryn / Presler
Processor cores:1 / 2
Processor family:AMD Athlon II / AMD Athlon II Dual-Core / AMD V / Intel® Celeron® / Intel® Pentium® / Intel® Pentium® D
Processor frequency:2.1 / 2.2 / 2.24 / 2.3 / 3
Processor front side bus:800
Processor lithography:45 / 65
Processor model:900 / 925 / P320 / P360 / T3500 / T4500 / V140
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Celeron Processor 900 series for Mobile / Intel Celeron Processor T3000 series for Mobile / Intel Pentium D 900 series
Processor socket:Socket 478 / Socket P / Socket S1 / Socket T (LGA 775)
Processor threads:1 / 2
Tcase:105 / 63.4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 95

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:No / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:No / Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:N / Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):N
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE): Yes
Processor ARK ID:27517 / 41498 / 42104 / 42925
Processor code:SLGJV
Processor package size:35 / 37.5 x 37.5
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:No / Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington / No / Yes
Fingerprint reader: No


Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / Linux / Windows 7 Home Premium
Trial software:Norton Internet Security 2011 / Symantec Norton Internet Security 2011, Norton Online Backup


Card reader integrated: No
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:250 / 320
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:250 / 320 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.1 / 9.69
Height (front):1.29
Height (rear):1.49