Compaq Presario CQ62-105TU

Jayesh Shinde 2010-05-26
81 Very Good
Price: Rs 36,240

Full Review

The new Compaq Presario CQ62-105TU is a 15.6-inch laptop based on Intel's Core i3-330M processor, primarily aimed at home usage. It has a unique texture on its body, offers decent performance, and sells for a very good price.

It is hard to miss the Compaq Presario CQ62's cover design. The guys at HP-Compaq Presario have done a very good job of sprucing up the Compaq CQ62's look and feel, . The silver-colored biscotti screen lid is covered entirely in an elaborate pattern of bars, forming minuscule triangles all over the place. Although made of plastic, the CQ62's screen lid looks elegant and feels premium. And the textured surface is splashed all over the palmrest, touchpad, and the space engulfing the Compaq CQ62's black keyboard. The Compaq Presario CQ62-105TU laptop's chassis edge is covered with a smooth silver-colored strip, thereby distinguishing itself in terms of looks from other laptops featured in our Top 5 Budget Laptops list. It's definitely a very good looking laptop, the CQ62-105TU, with its two-toned black-on-silver color scheme -- better than the Compaq Presario CQ40-536TX we reviewed earlier.

It's definitely a very good looking laptop, the CQ62-105TU, with its two-toned black-on-silver color scheme.

For a budget home laptop, the Compaq Presario CQ62-105TU is very well built. Its 15.6-inch screen is tethered well to the rest of the chassis with two solid metal hinges. And for a 15-inch laptop, with six-cell battery, the Compaq Presario CQ62-105TU weighs just 2.5-kg -- lighter compared to some other 15-inch laptops like the Acer Aspire 5740, Lenovo Ideapad Y550, or Sony VAIO E.

The Compaq Presario CQ62-105TU comes with a 15.6-inch LED-backlit glossy screen which supports a maximum screen resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The CQ62's screen is evenly lit but a little less bright compared to the screens of Acer Aspire 4740 and Dell Inspiron 15-1564 laptops. However, both reading text and watching movies is handled well by the Compaq Presario CQ62's 15.6-inch screen, and it has average viewing angles. A 1.3MP webcam and microphone recessed on the laptop's top screen bezel is nice enough for video chats over Skype.

The keyboard and touchpad on the Compaq Presario CQ62-105TU tell their own interesting story. The keyboard appears similar to the one that Dell Inspiron 14R has, but the keys are more tightly packed on the CQ62's keyboard. The keys are well laid out, nice and springy to type on, and all the important keys (Enter, Space, Shift, Arrow Keys, etc.) are prominent in size. A column of quick-launch buttons on the Compaq Presario CQ62-105TU's keyboard's left edge is something we don't see on most budget laptops -- dedicated buttons to launchcalculator, print documents, launch Web browser, and launch email client are nice to have. The Compaq Presario CQ62's touchpad is textured like the rest of its body and a little raised above the keyboard. We like the textured touchpad surface, but we hate the fact that the touchpad doesn't have any distinguishing borders on either edge. It's very easy to move out of the touchpad area while trying to move the mouse on screen. But we like the overall feel and response of the touchpad.

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Hardware Specs
The Compaq Presario CQ62-105TU is one of the company's first laptop offerings on Intel's Arrandale platform. The laptop has an Intel Core i3-330M 2.13-GHz processor, 3GB of RAM, 320GB hard drive and onboard Intel GMA HD graphics. These specs aren't any better or worse than most laptops featured in our Top 5 Budget Laptops listing. The Compaq Presario CQ62 doesn't feature Gigabit Ethernet, but comes with Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth wireless connectivity standards. There are three USB ports, two audio ports, DVD writer, VGA-out port, and a 5-in-1 card reader along the CQ62 laptop's edge.

Like the HP ProBook 4520s, the Compaq Presario CQ62-105TU comes with some useful proprietary tools from HP. Although it doesn't feature ProtectTools, the CQ62 comes with HP's PC Dock and HP Advisor consoles -- PC Dock sits at the top of the desktop screen, allowing you to customize it with most frequently used program shortcuts; while HP Advisor lets you launch a whole host of utilities for the CQ62, from looking up driver updates to launching its data backup tool. The Compaq Presario CQ62-105TU is also very upgrade-friendly, with its RAM and hard drive compartments separately marked out on the bottom panel and easily accessible.

HP Advisor - PC Dock HP Advisor PC Discovery Manage Your Notebook HP Advisor PC Discovery Protect Your Notebook HP Advisor PC Dashboard

For an operating system, you get 32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium on the CQ62 laptop. Although we would've liked to have Gigabit Ethernet on the laptop, the Compaq Presario CQ62 doesn't really short-change you with its feature and specs.

The Compaq Presario CQ62-105TU performs as well as any other budget laptop based on Intel's Core i3-330M processor. A WorldBench 6 score of 91, PC Mark 05 score of 4581, and 3D Mark 06 score of 1292 are in line with our expectations. The Compaq Presario CQ62 doesn't perform any better or worse than other laptops featured in our Top 5 Budget Laptops list. It is very good for its intended home usage, primarily comprising of browsing the Web, working on graphics editing tools, productivity suites, and watching movies. The CQ62's lack of a dedicated graphics card effectively knocks out any hopes you had of gaming on this 15-inch laptop.

However, watching both 720p and 1080p HD videos is handled very well by the Compaq Presario CQ62-105TU. In fact, its onboard Altec Lansing speakers (situated just above the keyboard) are one of the best we've seen on a budget laptop -- they pump out clear sound even at high volume and are good enough for a small room. If you would be watching movies extensively on the Compaq Presario CQ62, you won't be disappointed.

Battery life is a bit of a concern on the Compaq Presario CQ62 laptop. Like the Acer Aspire 5740, the CQ62-105TU's six-cell battery barely managed to clock over an hour on our battery tests at full-screen brightness and high-performance preset. Expect to get just under 3 hours of browsing the Web over Wi-Fi on a single charge on the Compaq Presario CQ62. If you'll be restricting the CQ62 primarily for home usage, this shouldn't be much of a concern, and it should be good for more than a couple of hours of usage on the go -- just don't have high hopes from the CQ62's battery life.

Bottom Line

The Compaq Presario CQ62-105TU sells for Rs. 36,240. For that you get a very good looking budget laptop, which offers decent performance, features, and value for money. If you are shopping on a very tight budget and you can't spend a few thousand more to buy the Asus K52F-SX060D, you won't be disappointed with the Compaq Presario CQ62. It may not have spectacular battery life, but apart from that it distinguishes itself from the rest of the pack with a unique look and useful proprietary software.

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