User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Quality of Tech Support:
Pros:Fast when working with office programs, the internet Lots of RAM, fast processor, beautiful screen.
Cons:No expansion slot, no built in webcam, only 2 hour battery life.
The Bottom Line: If you are looking to buy a notebook PC and you are not going to be gaming much, then this computer is for you. Uninstall all trials and you're good!
Although I am writing this review on the CQ50-110US, I have bought the CQ50-115NB which is the exact same laptop, except it is sold at Best Buy instead of Circuit City. I highly recommend this notebook computer, although you may have seen a review from Cnet.com that rates a 5.2 out of 10. I suggest that you do not pay attention for that review, for they test the computer with programs that cost well over the actual cost of the notebook computer itself. They claim the computer has poor performance vs a computer with 1 GB or RAM and a 1.86GHz processor. Give me a break, although I prefer Intel processors to AMD processors, this computer's 2GHz AMD beats the Intel 1.86GHz processor any day.
Recommend this product?
This notebook computer works amazing right out of the box, which is surprising because usually notebooks come packed with "crapware". Once you uninstall the junk such as the trial of Norton Anti-Virus, and random of free offers, the computer FLIES!
I suggest the following programs to keep the notebook running smoothly:
**Auslogics Bootspeed 4: the ONLY PC optimizer that really works. Truly speeds up the computer, erases tracks, optimizes the internet. Beats TuneUp Utilities 2008, Advanced WindowsCare, etc.
**CCleaner: Great program to clean up your computer. Works well with Auslogics Bootspeed 4
**AVG Anti-Virus: Although the FREE version of this software is amazing, the paid version is all the better. Updates every few hours automatically and doesn't slow down the PC.
**Comdo Firewall Pro: This FREE firewall is the best out there, better than ZoneAlarm and others. It is a small program and also has a great scanner for spyware and malware.
The above programs will truly make your experience on the Compaq CQ50 all the better. They are all pretty small programs in size and do not use a lot of memory. Even with 3 GBs of RAM, any Vista computer needs to save as much memory as possible!
Amount Paid (US$): 650
Operating System: Windows
Processor speed: over 1000
Screen Size: 15 inches
RAM: More than 256
Internal Storage: CD-RW and DVD
Hard Drive (GB): Over 50