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Compaq Presario CQ62-238DX: $379 Budget Notebook or $429 w/ Printer and Case

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Best Buy currently has the Compaq Presario CQ62-238DX dual core budget notebook available by itself for $379 or as part of a bundle that includes an all in one printer and case for $429. 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.

Specifically, the Compaq Presario CQ62-238DX comes with a 2.1GHz AMD Athlon II dual core processor which combined with the 3GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive and 15.6″ screen offer a more compelling value that can handle running a few programs at once better than lower priced notebooks.

This notebook is as budget, or value, notebook because it is not using one of the newest processors and lacks a webcam. Still, it a dual core processor, plenty of memory and a large hard drive which will meet the needs of many average users.

Users of this notebook can expect to browse the web, check email, chat, and watch DVDs or downloaded content without trouble. This AMD VISION rated notebook will also accommodate photo viewing, very light photo editing (like cropping or using an autofix tool) and listening to music. While you shouldn’t expect to play modern games it can handle some casual gaming.

The Compaq Presario CQ62-238DX is rated at a 4 hour battery life and weighs less than 5.5 pounds so it could be taken to class when needed without breaking your back.

When looking at notebooks under $400 options will be somewhat limited but if you can afford to go with a dual core notebook like this one or the Toshiba Satellite C655-S5068, which offers a larger hard drive and more memory for $399, you will have a computer that will be able to handle running multiple programs at once and offer better overall value than a notebook like the $329 Compaq Presario CQ62-228DX.

p style=”text-align: left;”>Compaq Presario CQ62-238DX From BestBuy Detailed Specs:

Brand Compaq
Model Presario CQ62-238DX
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Processor / Graphics AMD Athlon II Dual Core 2.1GHz

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250

Memory 3 GB DDR3 RAM
Hard drive 250GB 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.

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