HP Compaq Presario CQ62-116TU

The Presario CQ62 is a decent, but unexciting laptop that doesn't stand out enough to make it a must-buy system.


7.7
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7.4
User Rating


Design

Put the Presario CQ62 up against the recently reviewed Presario CQ42, and from a design perspective, you'd be hard put to pick the differences aside from screen size. The CQ62 sports a 15.6-inch, 1366x768-pixel display to the CQ42's 14-inch display, but otherwise they're cut from the same design cloth. That design cloth comes from the bargain basement rack at the back of Spotlight, as all you get to differentiate your notebook from any number of inexpensive models is an inlaid triangular pattern. It's pretty plain stuff, and nobody's going to buy the CQ62 for the style.

What they might buy it for is the keyboard, which has good response and plenty of space in which to operate. It's comfortable to use, and sits above the same flush-with-the-wrist-rest trackpad that we didn't like nearly as much on the CQ42. Tastes may vary, but we find we brush it with our wrists far too much simply because there's no gap or resistance point to delineate it while working.

Features

The CQ62 uses a 2.26GHz Intel Core i3 i3-350M processor, 4GB of memory, a 500GB 7200rpm hard drive and Intel's HD Graphics Media Accelerator for pixel pushing tasks. The optical drive is a LightScribe SuperMulti DVD±RW with Double Layer Support. Connectivity includes three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, 100Mb Ethernet, modem, five-in-one card reader and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

On the software side, the CQ62 runs Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit. Also pre-installed are HP Support Assistance, HP Advisor, HP Wireless Assistant, HP Software Update, Adobe Reader, HP Recovery Manager, Norton Online Backup, PowerDVD, Cyberlink YouCam, Cyberlink DVD Suite Premium, Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Shockwave Player. You also get trial versions of Muvee Reveal (20 days), Norton Internet Security (60 days) and Microsoft Office 2007 Pro (60 days).

Performance

The Core i3 at the heart of the CQ62 is the bottom rung of Intel's current "Core" processor series, so expecting top-notch performance out of the CQ62 is a bit much. It's interesting, however, to put it directly up against the CQ42, which sports a lesser Celeron T3100 1.9GHz processor, but is otherwise quite close in specifications, but not price. The CQ62's better processor and higher quality graphics gave it a distinct edge against the CQ42, scoring 5652 in PCMark05 and 1373 in 3DMark06. Those aren't scores that will see it up against the best and brightest of the notebook world, but if your processing needs intermittently tend towards needing a little extra power, the CQ62 has it to offer.

All that power doesn't come without a cost. The CQ62 only just limped over the two-hour mark in our full-screen, full-brightness battery test, finally conking out at two hours and 12 minutes. With careful usage and battery-saving features re-enabled you'd get a little more than this in most cases, but it's still not a system with extensive battery resources.

Conclusion

We liked the cheaper CQ42 despite its flaws precisely because it was cheap and fills a niche that neither iPad-style tablets or netbooks currently serve. That's roughly the positioning for the CQ62 as well, but its AU$999 price tag, combined with the fact that for not a great deal more you can score a much better notebook, make it a much less compelling option.

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AlintaD Facebook
4
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"you get what you pay for"

AlintaD posted a review   

The Good:price

The Bad:unreliable

Always something going wrong. Less than 18 months old and motherboard has broken down. Not to mention numerous crashes, loss of internet connection and many more problems. Better to save up and buy quality.

 

ABHISHEK KUMAR posted a comment   
India

Sir, i have compaq presario laptop CQ42-356TU.Earlier i have formt my laptop and install windows 7 professional but i want system is recover in original form that is windows 7 home basic which is given from purchasing.Give me suggestion what i do.help me.............cool.abhishek1708@gmail.com mail me.

MarionE1 Facebook
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"dissapointing"

MarionE1 posted a review   
Australia

The Good:cheap price

The Bad:broke down three times less than a year after it was purchased

I hate to write a bad review but now I am stuck with a computer that doesn't work properly and just doesn't cut it. The hard drive has just failed again for the third time, less than a year after I bought it and the letters on the keypad have started to jam up when I try type. Faulty computer and bad luck or cheap design?

 

MatthewM4 posted a reply   

The reason why the hdd is failing is because you are carrying it around one handed by the bottom right hand corner where the hdd is located. Yes its a bad design but only when you hold it and carry it like crap

nelly77au
8
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"Great pc for the price"

nelly77au posted a review   
Australia

This is a great laptop for the price I bought this pc yesterday (24th Julyt 2011) from jb hifi for $295.05 it was such a great price I bought 2. and the only bad thing about it is the trackpad so I also bought a wireless mouse for $27.

CassieG2
8
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"Awesome quality Notebook for the price of a netbook"

CassieG2 posted a review   
Australia

The Good:screen!! cheap pricetag,

The Bad:trackpad/mousepad

I bought this notebook at JB hifi in June 2011 for $410. It was on clearance. I couldn't believe the price. I probably could've gotten it $10-20 cheaper if i haggled and shopped around but i didn't as my previous notebook died and needed a replacement ASAp the same day. :(

For a $400 pricetag i bought it for. It's such a great notebook. screen is fantastic. I love the screen! I haven't tried playing any games on it yet so i can't comment on that aspect.

I've owned a few notebooks and this one is by far the best one i've owned..it is also the most cheapest one i've bought. so i am actually very much impressed by it.

I like the keyboard but i wish they make the design look more flashy and nicer. the mousepad/trackpad is bad but i don't use it at all. I've always used a USB powered mouse on every notebook i use so it doesn't bother me. I recommend to use a separate mouse if buying this.

John Newman
9
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John Newman posted a review   

The Good:Great for it's value and performance!

The Bad:Battery Life.

Due to fast performance, it's 512mb ATI Radeon HD 5500 graphics card can run games such as Fallout 3 on Med-Highest, weight and reliability makes it a great PC, i bought one at Aug 2010 at $599, best choice i've made in years.

amy11
8
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amy11 posted a review   

The Good:light-weight, nice size screen, easy to use keypad, fast

The Bad:keypad mouse is awkward and stiff

I bought this computer in Feb 2011 for AU$550. It was "reduced to clear", then I managed to negotiate another $30 off. Had it been any more expensive I doubt I would have bought it. I was just looking for something cheap and easy to use for the internet, skype, youtube and microsoft, that's about all I use it for.

Infamous4injustice
8
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Infamous4injustice posted a review   

The Good:uhhh...simple i guess. My first cheap laptop :P

The Bad:Wouldnt play good HD games and battery life is crap

This is my first laptop. Its prizzy good, just bad battery...but then agian u can alwys buy a good one. Oh and u have to put like graphics to low if u wanna play COD modernwarfare 2 and stuff.

 

armand88 posted a comment   

can any one help to know where i can find the webcam driver

Longers!!!
9
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Longers!!! posted a review   

The Good:Like the screen, and keyboard......

The Bad:Battery Life!!!

I still think its an OK Laptop!!!


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User Reviews / Comments  HP Compaq Presario CQ62-116TU

  • AlintaD

    AlintaD

    Rating4

    "Always something going wrong. Less than 18 months old and motherboard has broken down. Not to mention numerous crashes, loss of internet connection and many more problems. Better to save up and buy..."

  • ABHISHEK KUMAR

    ABHISHEK KUMAR

    "Sir, i have compaq presario laptop CQ42-356TU.Earlier i have formt my laptop and install windows 7 professional but i want system is recover in original form that is windows 7 home basic which is g..."

  • MarionE1

    MarionE1

    Rating3

    "I hate to write a bad review but now I am stuck with a computer that doesn't work properly and just doesn't cut it. The hard drive has just failed again for the third time, less than a year after I..."

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