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HP Compaq Presario CQ61

HP Compaq Presario CQ61
alaScore 83

268 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 268 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the usability and keyboard are generally positive. The performance and screen also get good feedback. The reliability and energy efficiency get mixed opinions, and some have doubts about the battery.

value for money, screen, performance, keyboard, usability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP Compaq Presario CQ61 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 268 reviews)

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Dosen't like to connect to the internet


I like to play sims and games on facebook but this laptop gets hot way to fast after about 30 minutes I have a cooling pad but it still gets way to hot to fast.

Windows 7, Dvd/cd rom drive

Takes me a while before it will connect to the internet but my husbands acer always connects right away. Gets Hot fast not a gaming coumputer

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Great, I Love It


I Like Its Style And Its Webcam ( It Is High Definition) And Its Screen Wide Screen Format In 1080p High Defintion With Its Blazing Fast Speed I THink This Is A Great Laptop PC That I Will Keep As Long As I Can Get OS Updates Such As, Windows 8 ......

Ok I Dont Really Own This Computer I own the presario cq61 that has a webcam and has a AMD AThlon II Dual-Core M300 Running Windows 7 Home Premium, I Like How It Is Customizible and Looks Stylish

I Download A Program And I Cant Find It. It Will Only Work If I Force It To Open (Click On A File And Select Open With... Then Click The Program)(Only Works If This Program Is A Media Program

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It's become my little work-hourse


First know that I am what may considered a professional with computers. I am an XP fan.. never owned a system with Vista and never will. My two other high-speed systems are XP based. I walked into Walmart and saw this one had Windows 7 and for the...

Reliable, Great Speed for the money. AMD purchased ATI graphics so the combo here works well. Windows 7 is a pleasure

Single core CPU is slightly under powered but that only if I'm trying to run AutoCAD on the thing


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Amazon review summary for HP Compaq Presario CQ61


alaTest has collected and analyzed 60 user reviews of HP Compaq Presario CQ61 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on

value for money, screen, performance, usability, keyboard


80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Compaq Presario CQ61-310US 15.6-Inch Black Laptop - Up to 4.25 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Home Premium)

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Good for price


Good pc for the price

Arrives with a ton of spam software pre loaded already killing the small amount of available memory. 2gb of ram is not much specially when windows 7 is using over 1 gb. mouse pad and buttons feel like very cheap plastic. A ram upgrade is a MUST

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As a one time gratuity Newegg decided to refund my purchase THIS ONE TIME. So make sure they don't send you defective merchandise because you might get stuck with it next time.

Was atleast partially assembled

Had loose screws and a rattle inside the case. I sent the product back for a refund and received an email from their inspection department saying there was no rattle and that the unit was being shipped back to me. I'm assuming it was inspected by the...

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Um, what?


No other thoughts besides that you can play very memory-consuming games such as Sims 3. You can run photoshop and everything on this computer and that is a huge plus for digital artists like me.

Very fast, a sufficient amount of RAM and a good hard drive. Very quiet, wireless works, ethernet works, can still connect to home router if I want to go outside in the spring. Sound is amazing. Screen resolution is absolutely terrific. Very light....

But with one problem ; After one month of usage, I turned it on just today and it made a loud buzzing sound, and it stopped when I shook it. I believe my fan is broken and instead of sending it back to newegg, I am bringing it to get it fixed by a...

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Good price. Good Features

Battery lasts *almost* an hour. Was going to ask for help, but upon re-checking NewEgg's spec.s I see they didn't list any amount for battery life

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Not bad for that price


Everithing what i was expected

No hdmi

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Broken fan


If you want this product, then buy the warranty because there is nothing you can do if you open it and see that it's messed up.

Low Price

When I first turned it on, the fan made a really laud sound. The sound wasn't caused by it working too hard, but it was caused because it was broken. It took me 4 hours to open it up and replace it. Obviously whoever checked this computer knew about...

Product Specifications

Sleek and stylish by design, the 15.6-inch, 16:9 ratio Compaq Presario notebook CQ61-300 series features a unique Imprint design in a glossy finish.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:512KB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:15.6in
Diagonal Size (metric):39.6cm
Max Resolution:1366 x 768
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Silver


Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Compaq Presario

Input Device

Type:Touchpad / Keyboard


Color:High-gloss black/Silver / Black


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem/None


Data Link Protocol:IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11n/IEEE 802.11n
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g/802.11b/g/n

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage


OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.1GHz/2GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:M100/M120


Installed Size:2GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB/250GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Recommended Use:Home use

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200/ATI Radeon HD 4200