With all the buzz and the hype sweeping the country about the internet and computers, I felt like I had to get one. Before I got one, I felt like there was a huge club I wasn't a part of. So I decided to purchase the Compaq Presario 5352 from my local Radio Shack. I made the decision to get this one for a few reasons; (1)It was nicely priced at $1400 for a complete system (Presario 5352, MV500 Monitor, and IJ900 printer), (2)It was pretty top of the line back in August 1999, when I bought it, and (3)Compaq seemed like a good, dependable company.
Recommend this product?
This computer had a few good features that came along with it. Here is a list of a few things it came with:
-433 MhZ Intel Celeron Processor
-56 K V.90 Modem
-8 Gig Hard Drive
-64 Megs. Of Ram
-And my personal favorite, 6x DVD ROM
I really enjoy the DVD feature it has. I know it isn't better than an actually DVD player, because of the small monitor opposed to a huge television, and the speaker quality, but this will suffice for now. It gives watching DVDs a more personalized setting.
The processor speed isn't the fastest, especially now, with the new 1 GhZ computers, but it certainly does the job. I have never really had a problem with it's speed.
With the 56 K modem, downloads are pretty fast, at about 5.10 kps. I need a reliable modem because I am an avid music downloader on Napster, and i am quite satisfied with this one.
This computer is compatible with most software and hardware. Since it comes with Windows 98, most PC games install successfully when you try. There is also room for the installation of a CD-R drive.
I recently purchased an RCA Lyra (portable Mp3 player) and there was no problem installing it with this Presario. So basically, the 5352 meets most standards in compatibility.
With every good computer there comes some small and major problems. I certainly had my share of those with this PC.
I thought everything was going alright, I successfully hooked it up with no problems, the modem and internet were working fine, ever thing was going well until I tried to play a CD. At first, I thought no sound was coming out at all, but then I turned the speakers almost all the way up and heard a very weak, faint sound. I tried playing several other CDs and tried using other applications that required sound, still, the same result. It turned out that these speakers were too weak for the system. Since these attachable speakers came with the monitor, I just repackaged the whole monitor. I took it back to Radio Shack and they happily replaced the Compaq MV500 monitor with a Compaq MV520 monitor. The speakers that came with it were a lot bigger and better, and no longer attached to the monitor. It turned out to be the fault of Radio Shack's packaging. After that nightmare was over, everything worked out fine.
Another thing I find quite annoying about this particular computer is how slow it boots up. Even when I first got it, before I had tons of programs saved on it, it still booted up at approximately three minutes! Other computers I had experience with usually take about thirty seconds to a minute to boot. That isn't really a problem, more like a flaw.
Even with that problem, I am still satisfied with it. I have had it for a year, and it has barely ever let me down performance wise. Compaq's tech support was also quite helpful to me, whenever I had a question or problem.
I would recommend this system to anyone who is in the market to buy an average, affordable PC. If you are looking for something top of the line, this isn't the one to get, for it is no longer the best of the best. Be sure not to buy this model from Radio Shack (I doubt they still even sell it), because like I told you before, they packaged the wrong speakers with it.
Amount Paid (US$): 1400
Operating System: Windows
Processor: Intel Celeron
Processor speed: 401-500
Internal Storage: DVD
Hard Drive (GB): 7-9