HP Compaq Presario CQ62-215DXDec 21
A midsize affordable laptop launched by HP last year is this CQ62-215DX which is the pure definition of an entry-level notebook. Despite its low price tag, the laptop manages to bring an attractive design, featuring a chassis that is made from textured plastic which looks and feels like a Vaio chassis. Its matte-black casing has a textured diamond pattern, and the entire laptop features a unified look that is certainly appealing.
At the heart of this laptop is an AMD Sempron V120 processor that works at 2.19 GHz with 2GB of DDR3 RAM running at 1,066 MHz. It has a fast 250GB hard drive spinning at 7,200 rpm, while for graphics you get an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250.
The laptop measures 14.7 x 9.7 x 1.4 inches and it weighs 5.5 pounds (6.3 pounds with the AC adapter). The keyboard of the HP Compaq Presario CQ62-215DX has flat keys which manage to provide a comfortable typing experience. There’s no numpad but you do get in return a column of shortcut keys on the left side which offer instant access to CyberLink PowerDVD 9, Windows Live Mail, a print window, a calculator and your default browser.
The touchpad of this model adopts a matte finish which replaces the old glossy design of previous HP models. As a matter of fact, the textured finish of the keyboard deck is continued across the touchpad so it has an uninterrupted look. The bad news is that this touchpad doesn’t offer support for multitouch gestures. There’s a tiny LED sitting in the upper left corner of the touchpad and if you double tap on the corner, the LED will glow orange which means that you have just disabled the touchpad. Double tap it again and the LED will turn off, meaning that the touchpad is again active. There’s a single mouse button located below the touchpad which is rather stiff and difficult to use.
The HP Compaq Presario CQ62-215DX comes with Altec Lansing speakers that remain very clear even at high volumes, but they don’t offer a significant amount of bass. For video connectivity, the laptop comes with VGA out, while for audio you get headphone and microphone jacks. It has three USB 2.0 ports and a DVD burner, while for networking it comes with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and an Ethernet port.
As far as the battery is concerned, using the standard 6-cell lithium-ion unit, the laptop manages to run for only two hours and a half during a video playback test, which means that in normal conditions you should get more than three hours, which is still a low figure taking into consideration that the Toshiba Satellite C665-S5049 lasts for almost 60 minutes more.
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