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HP Presario CQ50-100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 137 reviews of HP Presario CQ50-100. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Comments about the screen and portability are generally positive. The price and usability also get good comments. There are some less positive opinions about the touchpad and battery. Views are divided on the reliability.

performance, usability, price, portability, screen

battery, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP Presario CQ50-100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 83 user reviews of HP Presario CQ50-100 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers are impressed by the screen and portability. The price and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the durability, and opinions are divided on the design.

performance, usability, price, portability, screen


67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Compaq Presario CQ50-210US 15.4-Inch Laptop (2.0 GHz AMD Athlon X2 QL-62 Dual-Core Processor, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, DVD Drive, Vista Premium)Compaq Presario CQ50-210US 15.4-Inch Laptop (2.0 GHz AMD Athlon X2 QL-62 Dual-Core Processor, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, DVD Drive, Vista Premium)

May, 2018

Expert review by : Michelle Thatcher (

HP Compaq CQ50-115NR review


Note: This review is part of our Back-to-School 2008 roundup , covering specific configurations of popular laptops that can be found in retail stores.

Attractive design; slimmer and lighter than competing systems.

Poor performance; lousy battery life; no media control keys; lacks an expansion card slot.

The entry-level Compaq Presario CQ50-115NR looks great, but you can get better performance and battery life for your money.

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

HP Compaq Presario CQ50-114AU


Good value laptop for home users

Easy to use, HDMI, relatively good all-round speed, stylish

No 802.11n, no expansion slot

Aug, 2008

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

HP Compaq Presario CQ50-114AU


Good value laptop for home users

Easy to use, HDMI, relatively good all-round speed, stylish

No 802.11n, no expansion slot

For running office applications, and even for some light media encoding, this laptop is ideal. It's well-suited to home users who want a second computer, or even as a first computer for the kids.

Aug, 2008

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Great deal.


For the price this computer is great; I bought it for my sister while she attends college. Plays movies, Open Office, relatively light weight, looks nice, browses internet ; I have not had a complaint yet... knock on wood

could be lighter, junk software -- had to spend time preping it for her, and would be nice if it had a higher resolution

Dec, 2008

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HP=Huge Problems


Touchpad is responsive

My new HP Compaq laptop died suddenly, and I had to ship it back to HP for warranty repair where it has been sitting for over a month. Their customer support is terrible

Dec, 2008

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Replacement of my old Desktop


1. This Video Card is a nVidia GeForce 8200M G. 2. Since I didnt want to risk overheating, I put 2 Playstation 2 game Cases underneath the back of the laptop on the right side (so it doesnt block the vent). It's like a laptop stand, I guess you could...

1. 2.0GHZ Dual Core CPU is fine for me, especially with a laptop. It will run enough games just fine ; 2. 2GB of RAM is a fair amount. I might upgrade to 4GB of Ram. CPU-Z says the RAM frequency is 333MHZ, if that helps anyone. :S ; 3. 160GB Hard Drive...

1. The Outside case is Very glossy black. It's a fingerprint magnet like none other ; 2. The Video Card failed on me twice the 2nd day I used it, but I lowered the settings from Quality to Performance, and I havent had an error since ; 3. The DVD...

Nov, 2008

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Great Computer


Specs say it has b/g wireless card, but when I looked at the hardware description in windows it said the wireless card was a/g/n

Great price, was $500 when i got it, reasonably fast, easy to replace components, looks great

Just a few minor issues ; 1. Doesn't come with recovery discs, you have to make your own ; 2. Touchpad sucks, use a usb mouse instead ; 3. Bloatware

Nov, 2008

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computer charger


The charger itself was the correct one and it works perfectly. I was also extremely happy that I received the charger in just two days!!

Sep, 2010

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Great, simple piece that does the job.


I needed a new one of these after my cat chewed through the last one. Without it, my laptop is useless once the battery runs out.A little bit of wasabi powder on the cord and my cat won't munch on this one!

Sep, 2010

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HP Compaq Presario CQ50; I'm One Very Lucky Dude!!


I like to write. I have a regular PC at home. I also have an old laptop that I purchased from my daughter's college friend a couple of years ago. Though I started using it right away, I didn't continue using it. Though a laptop is the direction ...

This has everything I want and need in a laptop.

Battery only lasts two and a half hours on full charge. Volume not loud enough.

Dec, 2008

Product Specifications

The Compaq Presario CQ50 series notebook PC redefines simplicity with thin lines, an iconic touchpad design and sleek touch control panel. Glossy Imprint finish encases the form and is more durable than traditional painted surfaces. A panel covers the palm rest and touch pad area for clean contrast. For those who want everyday computing capability that's built to last at a great value, the Compaq Presario CQ50 series notebook PC delivers! Balancing mobility and performance needs at 6.35 pounds, the CQ50 series is powered by AMD processors and NVIDIA graphics, and includes these essential features: 15.4" diagonal WXGA BrightView display supporting high-definition video playback and Altec Lansing speakers delivering smooth audio performance.


Audio system:Generic / HD
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speakers manufacturer:Altec Lansing

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


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

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB/512KB


Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver


Color of product:Black

Dimensions & Weight



3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Display Diagonal:15.4 / 15.6
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1366 x 768
HD type:Not supported

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:15.4in/17in
Diagonal Size (metric):39.1cm/43.2cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800/1440 x 900
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Silver


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4250 / NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.893 / 1.407


Country Kits:Latin America/United States
Model:CQ50-101LA/CQ50-103NR/CQ50-104NR/CQ50-110US/CQ50-111LA/CQ50-115NR/CQ50-130US/CQ50-140US/CQ50-142US/CQ50-210US/CQ50-211NR/CQ50-215NR/CQ50-217CL/CQ50-217NR/Dv9830us Entertainment
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Compaq Presario/HP Pavilion

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / QuickPlay / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad


Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:101
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:667MHz


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




Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem

Multimedia Functionality

TV Tuner Type:Digital and analog TV


3G: No
Bluetooth: No
Cabling technology:10/100Base-T(X)
Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100
Networking features:Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)/802.11b/g

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35

Optical Drive

LightScribe: Yes
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL

Optical Storage


OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition/Microsoft Windows Vista Starter

Other Features

Audio system:Generic / HD
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
Graphics adapter family:AMD / NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: Yes
Modem Speed:56

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: 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
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
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 frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65


64-bit Computing: Yes
Chipset:AMD RS880M
Clock Speed:1.83GHz/1.9GHz/2GHz
Motherboard chipset:AMD RS880M
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor:RM-70 / V160
Processor cache:0.5 / 1
Processor cache type:L2
Processor cores:2
Processor family:AMD Turion X2 / AMD V
Processor frequency:2
Processor model:RM-70 / V160
Processor Number:575/QL-60/QL-62/RM-70/SI-40/T3200/T5550
Type:Athlon X2/Celeron/Core 2 Duo/Pentium Dual Core/Sempron/Turion X2 mobile processor


Installed Size:1GB/2GB/3GB/4GB
Max Supported Size:4GB/4GB / 8GB/8GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Password protection:Power on
Password protection type:Power on

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Bundled software:HP Total Care Advisor\nHP PhotoSmart Essentials\nHP Quick Play\nCyberlink DVD Suite\nAdobe Acrobat Reader
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows Vista Home Premium
Trial software:Symantec Norton Internet Security 2008, Microsoft Office 2007


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Hard disk rotational speed:4200 / 5400
Hard Drive Capacity:200
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:4200 / 5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:200 / 320

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:120GB/160GB/200GB/250GB/320GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino
Recommended Use:Home use

Video Memory

Installed Size:512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 4500MHD/NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G/NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.1 / 9.69
Depth (imperial):10.1
Height (front):1.46
Height (front) (imperial):1.46
Height (rear):1.73
Height (rear) (imperial):1.75
Weight:5.62 / 6.5
Width:14.1 / 14.7
Width (imperial):14.1