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The Compaq Presario (model #: CQ61-412NR) is an entry-level laptop with a 15.6″ display and an AMD Sempron processor.COMPAQ CQ61 412NR

The AMD Sempron installed in this notebook is the M120.  This is a 64-bit CPU running at 2.1 GHz.  This is a single core processor with 512 KB of L2 cache.  These specs put it at the low end for performance.  Word processing and email are OK, but you’ll need another machine for any serious gaming.  The system comes installed with 2 GB of DDR2 RAM.

The display on this laptop is the 15.6″ diagonal HD HP BrightView widescreen display with a 1366×768 resolution. The 16:9 aspect ration means that widescreen movies will display without those black bars on the screen. Driving that display is the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 graphics chip. The 4200 chip is built on a 55 nm fab with a core clock running at 500 MHz. It can share up to 1022 MB of system memory.  It does support DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.2 for gaming compatibility, but this machine won’t run games too well.

The laptop has a 160GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive for storage.  This is a bit on the small side for a modern day laptop, with most coming with at least a 250 GB drive. The optical drive is a LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW drive with double-layer support.

Networking is provided by the built-in 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN adapter for connecting to wifi hotspots or your own home wireless network.  This Compaq notebook also has a integrated 10/100 Base-T Ethernet (RJ-45) port for connecting to a wired network. A 52k modem is also included.

For transferring pictures from your digital camera you can use the integrated 5-in-1 digital media reader which reads SD, MMC, MS, MS Pro, or xD cards. Other external ports include 3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports for connecting a printer or other peripherals, 1 VGA port for connecting an external monitor, a headphone jack and also a microphone jack.

This system comes installed with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edition. Other software includes Microsoft Works, a 60 day trial of Norton Internet Security 2010 and Adobe Reader.  This laptop measures 14-7/8″L x 9-7/8″D x 1-1/2″H and weighs around 6 pounds.

The laptop comes with a 1-year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty.

The Compaq Presario (model #: CQ61-412NR) can be found for around $480 or at Rent-A-Center for rental.

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