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Compaq Presario CQ62-228DX: $329 Budget Notebook at Best Buy

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Best Buy currently has the Compaq Presario CQ62-228DX single core notebook for $329 in stores. The Compaq Presario CQ62-228DX is low cost back to school notebook in the Best Buy “Everyday Laptop” classification. This specific Compaq Presario is a Best Exclusive model that is part of the Compaq Presario CQ62 line which can be customized at HP and found in various configurations at other retailers.

The Compaq Presario CQ62-228DX is a low priced 15.6″ notebook powered by a 2.2 single core AMD V series processor, 3 GB RAM, a 160 GB hard drive and a dual layer DVD writer. This notebook is very low priced notebook that uses a single core processor which means it is less powerful than many notebooks,  but it will still offer low demand users the ability to work in office documents, browse the web and chat.

This notebook is classified as a budget, or value, notebook because it is using a single core processor, lacks a webcam and an SD card reader. The Compaq Presario CQ62-228DX doesn’t have a large hard drive or the newest processor, but for someone with a limited needs, performing one task at a time this notebook should suffice. This notebook isn’t as sturdy as most notebooks, including HP’s own Pavilion line.

Still, this processor and hardware combo will handle tasks like surfing the web, working on homework in Word, Excel and Powerpoint as well as offering storage for pictures and the ability to watch a DVD or movie on Netflix. This value oriented notebook isn’t fit for gaming.

If you have the ability to spend $70 to $100 more, you should consider the $399 Toshiba Satellite C655-S5068 which has a dual core processor and offers better multi tasking or the $429 Compaq Presario CQ62-238DX dual core notebook bundle that includes a webcam, all-in-one printer and case.

Compaq Presario CQ62-228DX From BestBuy Detailed Specs:

Brand Compaq
Model Presario CQ62-228DX
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Processor / Graphics AMD V-Series Single Core 2.2GHz

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250

Memory 3 GB DDR3 RAM
Hard drive 160GB HDD 5400 rpm
Display / Resolution 15.6-inch HD 1366×768 High-definition LED-backlit
Removable Storage DVD±RW – Dual Layer
Wireless Support Wireless-B+G+N
Input Devices Full-size keyboard, Touchpad with on/off toggle
Power 6-cell battery
Memory card reader No
Ports Headphone/speaker/line-out jack, Microphone-in jack, DC-in jack for AC adapter, Ethernet, 3 USB 2.0
Audio Internal speakers
Weight 5.5 lbs.
Dimension 14.7 in x 1.4 in x 9.7 in
Webcam None
Warranty 1-Yr Parts and Labor

Josh Smith is a longtime mobile tech user, currently using a Droid as his primary smartphone. Josh is also an editor at Notebooks.com where he reviews notebooks and other mobile tech. Follow Josh on Twitter @Josh_Smith or email him Josh@Notebooks.com.

7 Comments

  1. ronee

    August 4, 2010 at 5:05 am

    very affordable

  2. G Ikari

    August 4, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    “… but it will still offer low demand users the ability to work in office documents, browse the web and chat.”

    “Well, it's got less than 4 cores, so your email might be a bit slow.” Bah. You sound like a Best Buy employee. An old P4 Thinkpad will still offer users the ability to load office documents, browse the web and chat. The power out of these single cores is obscene compared to what was out just a year or so ago.

    There is so much power overkill in computing the absolute bottom-of-the-line sold new will handle absolutely ANYTHING the average user is going to throw at it.

    You do not need a killer rig to do anything other than gaming (and I mean Starcraft II, not FarmVille… and that's still mostly just getting a better video card) or for serious professional photo or video editing. Period!

  3. Xavier Lanier

    August 5, 2010 at 2:43 am

    As Kevin described, this is an ok basic notebook, but it's note well suited for multimedia and does feel slow right out of the gate. It might be faster than a five or six year old laptop, but it is sluggish by today's standards. Software takes a lot more power to run these days. There are many things average users won't be able to do with this notebook that they expect to be able to do – such as video chat

  4. Bob

    August 5, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    i bought this little laptop and wiped the system right out of the gate. the software pre-installed on the machine slows it down alot. a fresh copy of windows and Ubuntu on the system gave it new life. very fast for the little thing it is when the OS's are installed without all the fat added into it. Had no issues with it since. It makes a very nice Linux machine as well.

  5. Josh_Smith

    August 5, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks Bob, Did the computer come with a System disc or did you use your own to do a fresh install?

  6. Bob

    August 5, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I have my own disks. the system itself comes with no driver disc's or windows recover CD's. its all on a small partition on the HD. I just fully cleared the drive with an ubuntu Live CD and created my own partitions.

  7. wilsonrepairsrvs

    November 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Though it is a single core, with the processor running with hyper transport at 1600mhz fsb, and mixed with the ddr3 ram running the same, it plays the sims 3 flawlessly, including all expansion packs with the detail level 2/3 maxed. not to mention, plays the sims better and smoother then my pentium d dual core 2.8 ghz processor running at 800mhz fsb 4 gbs of ddr2, and a geforce 7300 512 graphics card. i’d consider it an affordable semi-budget powerhouse machine. i got a usbcard reader anyways..lol

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