Summary: A complete and total pile of garbage. It's underpowered, agonizingly slow and makes for a very poor experience. To make matters worse, it comes with a 64 bit of Windows 7 Home Premium. With only 2 gigs of system memory, this makes it even slower.
Compaq Presario CQ56 is junk and the company knows it!
Joe Elerson, Amazon
4 May 2015
Summary: I've had trouble with my compaq cq56 since the first year. It is constantly crashing and displayes a black screen with only the power, caps and internet light coming on. I was notified of the power cord recall and quit using it for several months.
Summary: one word best describes the CQ56-115DX...JUNK!! It was provided as a replacement computer in the NVidia lawsuit that was brought against HP for selling laptops that had the faulty NVidia chip that HP knew was bad. So in effect, they screwed all the affected HP owners twice.
wouldnt waste my money on a ram upgrade either just buy ...
26 January 2015
Summary: son has one its had a new hardrive and since then wiped it and fresh installed windows twice in a year, and its still pants buy a lenovo or something else. it cant multitask without freezing therefore cant schedule defrag or run antivirus without freezing all the time.
Summary: Any laptop made during the last five years should be able to run a full featured browser without trouble. Not this one. I'm attempting to use Firefox 31 with no extensions. It took two minutes just to load the browser and another minute before anything would appear on the screen.
Summary: I would be cautious of buying anything from this company. I am an IT professional and needed a test laptop, therefore, I bought this one at a reasonable price. I was able to plug in my extra keyboard and use the laptop screen.
Summary: I really hope that i can dissuade as many people as possible from being ripped off with this utter and complete piece of junk. I don't even know where to begin listing all the problems i have had with this trash. first of all, it has next to NO memory at all.
Summary: I bought a "refurbished" one and that might account for why it freezes up at regular intervals, in infuriating fashion, for a few seconds at a time. But the worst thing about this POS is the keyboard. The keys have almost no relief from each other, making it very difficult to type cleanly.
Summary: this laptop is completely worthless. when i first bought it i was happy that it was so cheap but after a few months the problems started pouring in.. first it runs way to hot and is impossible to cool down i tried so many different cooling trays and NONE of them worked.. next the mouse is horrible..
Summary: I got this laptop as a Christmas present about a year and a half ago, and I have never been happy with it. I didn't have internet for a while which made my usage short with using only paint, solitare, etc.