Summary: I understand that budget is a big factor when purchasing a laptop...especially if you are a college student, or if your looking for an easy computer to do basic tasks. Keep in mind though, if your paying for a cheap laptop now, you'll be paying for another one within a couple years. That being said, i'm only giving it 3 stars because it worked nicely when we first got it. It slowed down quite a bit if you had more than a couple programs running, but I could compromise.
Summary: I have used this laptop for 2 years now, and it has been a very slow 2 years indeed. I can't tell you how slow this computer can be. It is definitely cheap, and has trouble running basic programs like word. It's a computer that freezes up frequently, and don't you dare think you can run three programs at once without having to wait a whole minute just to maximize one of them. It is definitely not the greatest computer, but it works.
Summary: It's a good laptop for the price, has all basic features. I ended up having to return due to the lack of a web cam, but the return was quick and easy. I'd definitely by from this seller again!
Summary: SO FAR SO GOOD. THE CAMERA DID NOT WORK AND THE BATTERY DOES NOT LAST FOR 4 HOURS BUT FOR THE PRICE MY GRANDSONS WILL PLAYING GAMES ON IT AND WILL ENJOY SKYPE WITH THE LITTLE CAMERA AND MICROPHONE THAT I BOUGHT.
Excerpt: Okay, first off, kudos to their mothership, HP... I had received this in not so timely of a manner, but it was a replacement to my HP laptop purchased quite a few years ago, and this was their choice to send back 3 months after they received the defective laptop. Saying kudos is not sarcastic as my other laptop did work, when it wanted to, but it was quite old and HP still took care of owning up to issues.
Summary: I've read some of the other people's reviews here & some bear merit & others are complete horse... actually, I don't know if I can use that word here, but you get the idea. That said, I'm going to try to be as fair as possible with this review. First of all, I'm not a computer guy, in fact, I hate technology with a passion. I'm the kind of guy who would rather sit in a garage all day rebuilding an old engine than sitting on a computer playing vidya games.
Excerpt: The compaq presario is very useful for those who want a home notebook and it's also very useful for students as well. It is very affordable which is a huge plus. It is very easy to use. It comes with the new windows 7 on it, which is great! The one thing I disliked was the battery life. It is very very short and you'll spend money on a new battery in no time or you will just have to keep it plugged in constantly. I like the laptop though for the most part.
Summary: Yes, this is a cheap laptop. For someone looking to just get online and/or run some basic Office apps, this will be fine. But be prepared for a very slow experience. The technical specs on this thing make it sound better than it really is. The CQ56 is a slow machine. Even opening basic items like the Control Panel can take way too long. It's hard to know exactly where the bottleneck is. The HP bloatware installed on the machine definitely doesn't help.
Summary: I received the item before the stated date. Great. The issue I have is that I paid for "NEW" condition. When I received my item, I noticed "refurbished", and "reconditioned" all over the box/packaging. I immediately contacted the seller (Electronica Direct) about receiving the wrong product. I was informed that this item shows up "NEW", because Amazon assigned a NEW SKU/item number on an existing refurbished item.
Summary: I'll make it short: Good: Good battery life, convenient keys for quick access to calculator, DVD software, email, internet, etc., can handle most programs with ease and speed Bad: No webcam, processor can't handle many games, no slot for memory cards (memory cards as in the Sandisk cards that one would put in a digital camera) Bottom line: Good laptop for the price, worth it if you're not into gaming