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HP Compaq Presario CQ56

alaTest has collected and analyzed 397 reviews of HP Compaq Presario CQ56. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and keyboard. The battery and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas views are divided on the screen. The energy efficiency and design get less positive reviews.

usability, price, battery, keyboard, reliability

touchpad, design, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP Compaq Presario CQ56 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 user reviews of HP Compaq Presario CQ56 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers really like the battery.


93% 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 Presario CQ56-102SA 15.6" Laptop (AMD V140 2.3GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Black, DVD/RW)HP Compaq Presario CQ56-111SA 15.6" Laptop (Intel Pentium T4500 2.3GHz, 3GB RAM, 320GB HDD, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Prem 64-bit)

Consumer review by: review summary for HP Compaq Presario CQ56


alaTest has collected and analyzed 134 user reviews of HP Compaq Presario CQ56 from The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers really like the portability. The price also gets good feedback.

usability, price, portability

63% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Compaq Presario CQ56-110US 15.6-Inch Laptop PC - Up to 4.15 Hours of Battery Life (Black)Compaq Presario CQ56-115DX 15.6" 2GB 250GB Laptop PCCompaq CQ56-219WM Presario Laptop 15.6" LED display / 2.20GHz Celeron Processor / 2GB DDR2 RAM / 250GB HDD / Lightscribe DVD±R/RW / 802.11 b/g/n Wifi

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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...


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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

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I love my Compaq


I would suggest this laptop for everyday use.

it is portable but large enough to use. The screen is just the right size for work or play. The keypad is standard size with out all of the other nonsence

only three usb ports. They all work just fine however

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Good for the price


Good computer for the price, upgrading the RAM helps a ton on performance. As you could expect from a 300 dollar laptop it does not play games well. I play Sims 2 and Age of empires 3. It wont play any call of duty's. I recomend it for people who are...

Nice keyboard and touchpad ; Many USB ports ; Battery life is the usual for laptops its around 3-5 hours depending on what your doing

It has 3 USB ports and only 1 works the 2nd works part of the time for some reason ; CPU is slower then newer laptops (Newer ones around this price have dual cores) ; I needed to upgrade the Ram. 2GB was too little to do reliable multitasking

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This machine does everything I want it to do.


Very comfortable and no problems setting up. Very simple to work all the perphs

No flash drive access and webcam

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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

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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.

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great for the money


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

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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.

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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.

Product Specifications


Convertible: No
DVD Writer:DVD-Writer
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam:No / Yes


Bluetooth:No / Unknown
Card Reader: No
Firewire: No
TV Output:No / Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
LED Technology:Edge LED
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:HD 720 / WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Intel Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No
Operating System Version:Windows 7 Home Premium


Brand of Graphic Chip:ATI / Intel
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GMA 4500M / Mobility Radeon HD 4250 / Radeon HD 4250


Chipset Brand:AMD / Intel / Unknown
Chipset Type:40GL / RS880M / Unknown
Processor:ATHLON II / Celeron / Celeron M / Pentium / Pentium Dual Core / V SERIES / V-SERIES
Processor Brand:AMD / Intel
Processor Number:900 / 925 CELERON M / P320 / P340 / P360 / T3500 / T4500 / V140 / V160