The Compaq CQ60 Laptop Review

May 16, 2023
Justin Ankus

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Given its low price, the CQ60 packs quite a lot for your money. With its sturdy build and roomy display screen, it makes an excellent portable computer choice for frugal consumers who require it for checking email, surfing the Web and basic home productivity tasks such as word processing or photo editing. Unfortunately its single-core CPU limits performance while multitasking remains challenging; dual-core laptops such as the Asus K60I-RBBBR05 or Dell Inspiron i1545-4266iBU offer much improved multitasking performance; however these laptops cost $150 to $170 more; yet provide significantly improved multitasking performance than their single-core counterparts.

The CQ60's polished appearance and spacious keyboard are hallmarks of quality. Its glossy piano-black lid features an unassuming Q logo in the center and silver wrist rest; inside, its sturdy hinge runs nearly the full width of its chassis to securely keep its screen upright without wobbling; its flat bottom offers comfortable key travel; its trackpad is responsive while its mouse buttons are durable and simple to press; its keyboard feels wide yet cozy - including soft matte keys offering just enough travel - making for a pleasant typing experience; its trackpad provides responsive trackpad navigation while sturdy mouse buttons make for efficient navigation of its screen contents - all features that will help make its user's life so much simpler and enjoyable!

Although 2GB is small for a laptop, most users should find it sufficient. If your activities involve more than checking emails and browsing the Web, upgrading to 4 GB would likely be wiser. Furthermore, Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics card offers only limited performance; therefore only light gaming or YouTube viewing should be undertaken using it.

Battery life was impressive on this laptop as well; our MobileMark 2007 test showed it lasted 3 hours and 10 minutes--nearly an hour longer than Studio XPS 16 and Gateway MC7803u. Cinebench and Photoshop CS3 scores from Cinebench were higher than Gateway but didn't match those seen with IdeaPad and Studio XPS 16. Additionally, unlike some lower-end laptops this model does not come equipped with HDMI or draft-n wireless networking support, though it does include a 5-in-1 media card reader as well as three USB ports.

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