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Compaq Presario CQ61-420US 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)

by Compaq
80 customer reviews

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  • AMD Athlon II Dual-Core Processor for Notebook PCs M320 (2.1 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache)
  • 3GB DDR2 System Memory (2 DIMM) (expandable to 4 GB)
  • 250GB (7200RPM) Hard Drive (SATA), LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, * Up to 4.25 Hours of Battery Life
  • 15.6" Diagonal High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Display (1366x768)
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Graphics with 128MB Display Cache Memory with up to 1534MB total graphics memory
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Product Description


For those who want everyday computing capability at a great value, the Compaq Presario CQ61 series Notebook PC delivers in style. Balancing mobility and performance needs at 5.90 lbs (the CQ61 is powered by AMD processor and ATI graphics technology along with these essential features: 15.6” Diagonal High-Definition HP BrightView display for full-screen views, Integrated high-speed wireless LAN enabling connectivity within hot spots, Altec Lansing speakers delivering smooth audio performance

Product Information

Model: WA976UA#ABA
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Screen Size15.6 inches
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Max Screen Resolution1336 x 768 pixels
Processor2.1 GHz AMD Athlon
Hard Drive250 GB SATA
Graphics CoprocessorATI Radeon HD 4200
Chipset BrandATI
Card DescriptionRadeon HD 4200
Graphics Card Ram Size128 MB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Average Battery Life (in hours) 4 hours
Brand NameCompaq
Item model numberWA976UA#ABA
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 7;
Item Weight5.9 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H14.89 x 9.93 x 1.38 inches
Color Black
Processor BrandAMD
Processor Count2
Hard Drive Rotational Speed7200 RPM
Optical Drive Typedvd_plus_minus_rw, dvd_rom, dvd_ram, cd_rom, cd_rw
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery Typelithium_ion
Power SourceAC
Voltage240 volts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #30,113 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight8.9 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableJanuary 17, 2010
Warranty & Support Return Policy: You may return any new computer purchased from that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellableRead more condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.

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96 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Adorjan on January 28, 2010
Model Number: WA974UA#ABA Verified Purchase
I just received this nice 15.6" notebook and I admit that I like it! The sound is great. The keypad is really handy when you need it. And the reponse of this computer is satisfying with windows 7 loaded.

However, pictures in its product page might be a deceiving. Although they are shown in the pics, this model does NOT come with a webcam and HDMI. I was surprised when I opened the box and found this truth. Hence, I further digged into the specification sheet and found that I was wrong. Beware, if you think this is really a steal with a webcam and HDMI for this low price, you may just make a mistake like what I did.

In all, I do not regret my decision of buying it at all. You can buy a netbook for $299.99. But I will pay a little bit more to go with this notebook ($379.99) with full capability, faster processing speed and a DVD burner in trade of the mobility. Now, I am going return my cute but slow netbook...
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Michael Green on February 25, 2010
Model Number: WA974UA#ABA Verified Purchase
I am not a computer geek so will skip the technical mumbo-jumbo and give the laymans review... It works good. Ive had it for a couple weeks now and I have no complaints. Everything runs fast and smooth. The moniter is big and bright and clear. For what I do (web surfing, photo editing, media streaming) it works great. Also, I gotta say that I love Windows 7. To me it is a big leap forward from my previous operating system Windows XP.

*** UPDATE*** (4/6/11)I've had this laptop for over a year now and still works as good as the day I bought it. I love it.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By leah_ny on January 31, 2010
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Great computer with HD Screen, the new Windows 7 so user friendly, and I love the expanded keyboard - with numbers set off to the side. I was looking at laptops twice the price ($600-$700) when I saw this one pop up on the best sellers list for Amazon. The only difference between the higher price notebooks and this Compaq is that it does not have a webcam or 4 GB of memory - it only has 2 but is expandable to 4. You can't get a better laptop for the price $379. Very happy with my purchase!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Paul on April 5, 2010
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Compaq Presario CQ 61- 420US

I received my Compaq on April 1, after ordering it on March 28. Excellent shipping from Amazon.
This model is mid range when it comes to main stream Computing, and the Price at Amazon is a super deal. You wont find it cheaper anywhere else.
This computer has met and exceed all of my expectations, I have found no problems with its hardware or the software that comes with it.
Windows 7, will take some time getting use to, I dont know how much better it is compared to XP or Vista as yet.
To every one who read reviews before purchasing, I recommend this Computer. Its above average and the price is a bargain.
This computer trulely deserves a Five Star Rating.
Follow up - April 22: Received this Laptop on April 1st. its been up and running at least 18 hrs a day without any problems.
I can now say Windows 7 is a great improvement over XP and Vista in respect to ease of use, Safety and Security and my favourite of all is the new improved Desktop and Display features.
Most of the XP and Vista Hardware Drivers wont work with Windows 7! You will have to update them.
Had to update - Printer, Webcam, Gamepad and Digital Camera.(All works fine now)
The ATI MR\HD 4200 Graphics Video capabilities is exceptional, I Watched a Movie useing the DVD\RW Drive and the High Definition datail was unbelievable.
I also Burned some HD MP3 at 24x, I now have High Definition Audio in my Car.
The Computer Best Features revolves around Security and Safety and HP has taken this to the next level. The Computer actually Police's itself.
Compaq Presario CQ 61- 420US is one of the Best Midrange Computers on the Market. You will not
regret owning one.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Willie E. Jetter on March 27, 2010
Model Number: WA976UA#ABA
If you're looking for a nice laptop that can perform beyond the average expectation of a low budget laptop then this is the computer for you. Of course there are numerous other high end models to be had if the funds are readily available, but this one works well on a number of levels for, budget reasons, personal home use, as well as on a professional level. If pushed it will accommodate!

I've read a number of reviews that stated it comes with only 2 megs of ram but the unit I purchased from "Office Depot" actually came with 3 megs of ram installed with the ability to upgrade to 4 megs. As a side note: installed were one 2meg ram chip and another 1meg chip in the only two slots available, so of course the single meg ram chip was a waste once I upgraded it's slot with a new 2 meg ram chip to have a total of 4megs. But no worries though as it was well worth it for the increased application speed and was easy to do.

As a bonus this laptop also comes with an additional 128MB (Megs)or cache memory for smooth video streaming and high definition playback whereas others at this level do not offer the same.

Since the original purchase I have also upgraded to "Windows 7 Professional" from the original home version initially installed as an "OEM" (Original Equipment Manufacture). The professional version allows much more application versatility and unlocks more of the operating systems existing (and hidden power). The battery life is average but good while the display screen is brighter and crisper then most.

It can and does run many high powered memory hungry software applications very well and simultaneously if you choose.
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