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COMPAQ Presario CQ61-420US NoteBook with AMD Athlon II

The Compaq Presario (model #: CQ61-420US) is an entry-level laptop with a 15.6″ display, an AMD Athlon II processor and Microsoft Windows 7.

COMPAQ Presario CQ61 420US NoteBook with AMD Athlon II

COMPAQ Presario CQ61-420US NoteBook

The AMD Athlon II installed in this notebook is the M120.  This is a dual-core 64-bit CPU running at 2.1 GHz and was built usinga  45nm process.  It has 1MB of L2 cache.  This CPU performs comparably to a Intel Core 2 Duo T5850.    The system comes installed with 3GB 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 250GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive for storage.  This is a decent sized drive and should perform well. 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 laptop comes with Altec Lansing speakers driven by the integrated sound card.

This system comes installed with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edition. Other software includes Rhapsody® Music Store, eBay®, Windows LiveTM Photo Gallery, Cyberlink Power DVD, Cyberlink YouCam, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Adobe® Reader, Adobe® Flash, HP Games Powered by Wild Tangent, Cyberlink MediaShow, Microsoft® Works, Microsoft® Office 2007 Home & Student 60-day Trial, Microsoft® Silverlight, Sun® Java, Windows LiveTM Movie Maker, Windows LiveTM Messenger, Windows LiveTM Mail, Windows LiveTM Writer, Skype, MSN Toolbar, Microsoft® Portal, Accellor (Broadband Aggregator in HP Setup), and HP Set Up.

This laptop measures 14.89″ x 9.93″ x 1.38″ – 1.62″ and weighs around 5.9 pounds. The 6-cell Lithium ion battery pack can power the laptop for up to 4.25 hours.

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

The Compaq Presario (model #: CQ61-420US) laptop can be found for around $500.

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