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HP Presario CQ50-100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 140 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the portability and keyboard. The value for money and performance are also appreciated, whereas the resolution and touchpad get critical reviews.

screen, performance, value for money, keyboard, portability

battery, reliability, touchpad, resolution

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 79/100 = Good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 140 reviews)

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Consumer review by:

"Laptop sucks"


I would not recomend this laptop if you are p... 

the price and when it worked it was great

But I had to send it back within first 30 days to have two parts replaced, had to completely take back to factory settings another time, and now that my warranty has expired so has my laptop

Consumer review by:

"AWFUL product/ BAD customer Service / Hard Drive DIED"


Hard drive died in less than a year; took it ... 

It doesn't explode

Hard drived died in less than a year

Consumer review by:

"nice laptop for decent price with good customer service"


overall i like this Laptop good wireless conn... 

its got a asoume on board video card fast CPU ( vista not so good but manageable) sleek design

vista, gets a bit hot but is not a problem if you get a cooling pad


Consumer review by:

"Ok for basic computing!!"


Well for only 400, it's not all that bad, but... 

1. Nice screen

1.shiny plastic is a finger print collector

Consumer review by:

"Great laptop for the price"


It's a decent system, for real.The stock batt... 


Short Battery life

Consumer review by:

"don't buy it"


i had a problem with the monitor only few mon... 

nothing good about it

poor design and features

Consumer review by:

"2 major problems with my pc+ bad customer service"


the customer service is really bad specially ... 

i didn't like much about it and i'm sorry that i even bought it

the monitor start blinking and flashing after only 3 months and i had to send it to hp to repair it then they sent it back and after few weeks the fan stopped working so i sent it back to hp, everytime it takes at least 2 weeks, BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE

Consumer review by:

"Great For The Money"


For less than $400 Nov 08 it has went through... 

Nice keyboard, quality screen, low priced

short battery life, hate the mouse

Consumer review by:

"Right... Pretty but inefficient."


It went back to the shop 3 times. 1: The wire... 

Fast, Connects to internet easily, Big bright screen, large keypad

Inefficient, Blows out too easily, too heavy + awkward

Consumer review by:

"Not a happy customer"


Overall i regret buying this laptop and wish ... 

looks great. comes with some great features.memory is excellent

the laptop gets seriously hot and it even sometimes gets too hot to touch

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 Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB/512KB

Dimensions & Weight


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

Environmental Standards

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


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


Data Bus Speed:667MHz




Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem

Multimedia Functionality

TV Tuner Type:Digital and analog TV


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
Type:Network adapter
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

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


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.83GHz/1.9GHz/2GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
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

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: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