HP Compaq Presario CQ56

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HP Compaq Presario CQ56

A perfect balance of technology and appearance, this notebook makes it easy to do more and stay connected. This is the first choice for a worry-free P...

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Review of "HP Compaq Presario CQ56"

published 13/03/2012 | mark180707
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Pro Fast comfy looks great and not too heavy
Cons The mouse and no HDMI port
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"Compaq Presario CQ56 Laptop computer."

I got my Compaq Presario cq56 about a year ago I think its great it has Microsoft windows 7 home premium 64bit installed and in my opinion is a 100 per cent better than windows vista so I was extremely happy with that it has a 2.0gb ram and amdv140 processer which makes it really fast to load from start I have three other laptops and this one is by far the quickest.

I have 217 Giga bytes of memory in local disk c for all my storage at the moment I've used about 120 Giga bytes worth in the form of films music and photos and after a quick tune-up with the HP built in tune-up utilities its just as fast as when it was brand new.

The high definition speakers and Realtek HD audio manager make the sound system together with the high definition 15.6 inch screen make it great for watching movies online although its not that great for listening to music.

It doesn't heat up to hot and the fan is quiet as long as you don't have the fan covered by mistake so its best to leave it on a flat surface. The webcam that's installed is a Cyberlink Youcam and its very good I've got some great pictures with the children with it I'd go as far as to say the pictures looked like they were done professionally.

The only down side I can think of is the mouse it fits so perfectly with the rest of the shell sometimes if your not looking at it your not actually using it lol also it has a lock feature in the top left corner and I cant count how many times its annoyed me when its locked by mistake also the mouse buttons are hard to press compared to other laptops.

Its durable as I've dropped it plenty of times and when the children knock off the buttons they just pop back on easily. Although it would be better if the shell was a gloss finish instead of a matt finish as its quite hard to clean and buff the scratches off.

I would have liked a HDMI port to connect it to my television. It has 3 USB ports a Ethernet port and a VGA port and the DVD burner is great with my Nero program there's not much else I can say about this laptop it cost me just over £300 and in my opinion it is excellent value for money.

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  • ithoughtyoudneverask published 14/03/2012
    Welcome :) That's really good advice from Marge3781!
  • Marge3781 published 13/03/2012
    Hi and welcome to ciao. If you don't mind a small tip - it really helps to read a number of vu rated reviews. I don't want to give you another low rate as a new member - but if you could edit in a bit more detail and let me know I'd be happy to give a higher rate. Perhaps mention battery life, start up time and loading pages, speakers, and if you have used this for any games, please mention thata s well. All the best
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Product Information : HP Compaq Presario CQ56

Manufacturer's product description

A perfect balance of technology and appearance, this notebook makes it easy to do more and stay connected. This is the first choice for a worry-free PC experience, at a price you can afford. The Compaq Presario CQ56 notebook PC leads the trend of consumer notebooks. With its outstanding industrial design, it's environmentally conscious and easy to maintain - so it not only looks good, it'll make you feel good, too.

Product Details

Long Name: Compaq Presario CQ56

RAM / Installed Size: 2 GB

Display / Diagonal Size: 15.6

Hard Drive / Capacity: 250

Display / Native Resolution: 1280 x 800

Weight: 2.93, 2.6 kg

Storage / Type: Hard Drive

OS Provided / Type: Windows 7 Home Premium

Processor / Type: AMD Sempron

Processor / Clock Speed: 2.3

Manufacturer: HP

Product Type: Notebook

Processor: Intel Celeron T3500 / 2.1 GHz / 1 MB Cache, AMD Athlon II P320 / 2.1 GHz / 1 MB Cache, AMD V series V140 / 2.3 GHz / 512 KB Cache, Intel Celeron 900 / 2.2 GHz / 1 MB Cache, Intel Pentium T4500 / 2.3 GHz / 1 MB Cache, Intel Athlon II P320 / 2.1 GHz / 1 MB Cache

Product Description: Compaq Presario CQ56-113SA - 15.6" - Celeron T3500 - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - 3 GB RAM - 250 GB HDD

Networking: 802.11n , 10/100 Ethernet

Display: 15.6" LED backlight BrightView 1366 x 768 / HD

Colour: Black

Battery: 6-cell

Graphics: Intel GMA 4500M, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250

Optical Drive: DVD SuperMulti DL

Storage: 250 GB HDD / 5400 rpm, 500 GB HDD / 5400 rpm, 320 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Memory: 3 GB DDR2, 4 GB DDR3, 2 GB DDR3, 2 GB DDR2, 3 GB DDR3

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified, ENERGY STAR Qualified , EPEAT Silver

Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.

Dimensions (WxDxH): 37.4 cm x 24.6 cm x 3.8 cm

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Localisation: English / United Kingdom

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

EPEAT Compliant: EPEAT Silver


Technology: 6-cell Lithium Ion

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Celeron T3500 / 2.1 GHz, AMD Athlon II P320 / 2.1 GHz, AMD V series V140 / 2.3 GHz, Intel Celeron 900 / 2.2 GHz, Intel Pentium T4500 / 2.3 GHz, Intel Athlon II P320 / 2.1 GHz

Number of Cores: Dual-Core

Chipset: Mobile Intel GL40 Express, AMD M880G

64-bit Computing: Yes

Cache: L2 - 1 MB, L2 - 512 KB


Slots Qty: 2, 1

Empty Slots: 0, 1

Form Factor: SO DIMM 200-pin, SO DIMM 204-pin

Technology: DDR2 SDRAM, DDR3 SDRAM

Max RAM Supported: 8 GB

RAM: 3 GB ( 1 x 1 GB + 1 x 2 GB ), 4 GB ( 1 x 4 GB ), 2 GB ( 1 x 2 GB )

Audio & Video

Sound: Stereo speakers , microphone

Camera: Integrated webcam

Total Available Graphics Memory: 1309 MB, 1917 MB, 893 MB, 1405 MB

Memory Allocation Technology: Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0

Graphics Processor: Intel GMA 4500M, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250

Max Allocated RAM Size: 797 MB


Type: Keyboard, touchpad


Wireless: 802.11n

Network Interface: 10/100 Ethernet

AC Adapter

Output: 65 Watt

Connections & Expansion

Memory Card Reader: 5 in 1 ( SD Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card )

Interfaces: 3 x USB 2.0 ¦ VGA ¦ LAN ¦ Microphone input


Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.

Software Included: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Cyberlink PowerDVD , Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader, Norton Online Backup (30 days trial), Omnifone MusicStation, CyberLink DVD Suite, Windows Live Messenger, CyberLink Youcam, HP Support Assistant, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, HP Advisor, HP Games Console, Norton Internet Security 2011 (60 days subscription), HP Setup


Included Accessories: Power adapter

Colour: Black

Localization: English / United Kingdom

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 2.6 kg

Height: 3.8 cm

Depth: 24.6 cm

Width: 37.4 cm


Interface: SATA 1.5 Gb/s

Main Storage: 250 GB HDD / 5400 rpm, 500 GB HDD / 5400 rpm, 320 GB HDD / 5400 rpm

Disc Labeling Technology: LightScribe Technology

Optical Drive: DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM


Features: BrightView

Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9

LCD Backlight Technology: LED backlight

Widescreen: Yes

Resolution: 1366 x 768 ( HD )

Type: 15.6"


Product Type: Notebook


Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Recommended Use: Home use

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year - pick-up and return

Service & Support: 1 year warranty


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