Compaq CQ61-225SA 15.6", T4200 Dual Core 2GHz, 4GB, 250GB, GeForce G 103M, Vista (eligible for Win7 upgrade!) WAS £479 NOW £379 @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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Good price for a Dual Core Win7 upgrade eligible Compaq laptop!

Compaq Presario CQ61-225SA 15.6 inch Notebook (Intel Pentium Processor T4200, 4 GB RAM, 250GB SATA HDD, NVIDIA GeForce G 103M, Vista Home Premium)

This product is eligible for an upgrade to a Windows 7 operating system before 31st January, 2010. To find out more, please visit the HP website for details: http://www.hp.com/go/windows7upgrade

Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (32-bit)
Processor: Intel Pentium processor T4200, 2 GHz, Level 2 cache 1 MB
Memory: 4096 MB (2 x 2048 MB), supports up to 8 GB DDR2 memory
Storage: 250 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive 5400 rpm up to 9 GB partition for system recovery
Lightscribe Super Multi DVD Writer (+/-R +/-RW) with Double Layer support, create silkscreen-quality disc labels direct from your PC with LightScribe: Just burn, flip, burn
5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards
Ethernet 10/100BT integrated network interface, 802.11 b/g
Webcam with integrated microphone
15.6 inch Diagonal High Definition HP Brightview Display
Resolution: 1366 x 768;Video
NVIDIA GeForce G 103M
Up to 1790 MB total graphics memory with 512 MB dedicated
Sound: 3D Sound Blaster Pro compatible sound 16 bit integrated
Altec Lansing speakers
Keyboard: Full size keyboard with integrated numeric keypad
Touch Pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical Scroll Up/Down pad, volume control, mute button
Ports: 3 USB 2.0 (3rd shared with eSATA port), 1 HDMI connector,1 eSATA+USB, 1 VGA port, 1 RJ45 ethernet connector, 1 headphone-out, 1 mic-in
Power: 90 W AC Power Adapter
6-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery
Software: Microsoft Works and Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 60-Day Trial Version, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Windows Mail, Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Gallery, DVD Play, Windows Movie Maker, Windows DVD Maker, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Windows Media Center
Recovery partition (including possibility to recover system, applications and drivers separately)
Optional re-allocation of recovery partition
Recovery CD/DVD creation tool
Symantec Norton Internet Security 2009 (60 days live update)
Notebook Help & Support;
Weight: 2.68 kg unpacked, 4.03 kg packed, weight will vary by configuration
Dimensions: 37.8 cm (L) x 25.2 cm (W) x 3.51 cm (min H) / 4.12 cm (max H) unpacked, 520 x 109 x 345 mm packed
Warranty: 1 year, pick-up and return, parts and labour - you can expand the warranty coverage of your product and protect it against accidental damage up to 3 years
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#1
Any idea on how much the upgrade is
#2
These Compaq C60 are completely under-rated. Brilliant chassis and housing. Specs on this model are good for the money.
#3
Interested in this seems good spec/£ - but when I checked HP website this Model CQ61 not on - Eligible for Upgrade - list. Unless I read it incorrectly.................
1 Like #4
Yep excellent deal and spec for the price

Heat and rep added :-)

TT
#5
Pipcola
Interested in this seems good spec/£ - but when I checked HP website this Model CQ61 not on - Eligible for Upgrade - list. Unless I read it incorrectly.................


appears it is look for sixth one on the list here

Though from my experience upgrading my hp laptop they were the more expensive about £24 p&p I think
#6
#7
You can get a spec sheet from here
http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/en/ho/WF10a/321957-321957-3329742-89318-89318-3944782.html?lang=en&jumpid=oc_R1002_UKENC-001_Compaq%20Presario%20CQ61-225SA%20Notebook%20PC&cc=uk
just click on the right model about mid-page down.

Windows 7 upgrade list
http://h41112.www4.hp.com/promo/win7web/uk/en/eligmodels.html
Don't know how much the upgrade is though.

IMPORTANT: If you are not experienced with computers, I would highly recommend that you purchase a computer with Windows 7 pre-installed because people have had problems with the upgrades (you may have to spend extra money to get somebody to do it for you).
#8
Pipcola


look on the UK site (links above)
#9
I bought this model from PC World for the same price a month back, excellent laptop, Win 7 upgrade costs around £20 and is VERY easy to upgrade. It takes about 3 weeks to arrive.

Only grumble with the laptop is the tiny 2hour battery life
#10
Decisions decisions.....

So this works out at more like £400 with the Win7 upgrade cost.

Or
CQ61-325SA for £359 + quidco, so could be around £330.
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/544097/compaq-presario-cq61-325sa-notebook

Intel Pentium processor T4200 vs Intel® Celeron DualCore Mobile Processor T3100
NVIDIA GeForce G 103M vs Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
4 GB (2 x 2048 MB) vs 3GB (1 x 1024 MB + 1 x 2048 MB)

Is it worth paying £70 more?
#11
stop tempting me :)

heated
#12
Out of interest, I have the option at work of getting discounted HP Laptops.

Are any of these two a better deal? (I realise the price listed on the following links may be inflated due to the HP badge).

Looking purely at spec...

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/en/ho/WF06b/321957-321957-3329744-64354-64354-3999447-4036217.html?jumpid=reg_R1002_UKEN can get for £460

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Intel® Pentium® DualCore Mobile Processor T4300
2.10 GHz
4096 MB
500 GB
17.3" LED Screen
Lightscribe Super Multi DVD Writer (+/-R +/-RW) with Double Layer support
8-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery
802.11 b/g
27.7 cm (W) x 41.26 cm (L) x 3.5 cm (min H) / 4.32 cm (max H)
3.52 kg

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/en/ho/WF06b/321957-321957-3329744-64354-64354-3999443-4036171.html - can get for £399

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Intel® Pentium® DualCore Mobile Processor T4300
2.10 GHz
4096 MB
320 GB
15.6" LED Screen
Lightscribe Super Multi DVD Writer (+/-R +/-RW) with Double Layer support
6-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery
802.11 b/g
25.8 cm (L) x 37.85 cm (W) x 3.4 cm (min H) / 4.2 cm (max H)
2.88 kg
#13
V6ALFISTI
Out of interest, I have the option at work of getting discounted HP Laptops.

Are any of these two a better deal? (I realise the price listed on the following links may be inflated due to the HP badge).

Looking purely at spec...

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/en/ho/WF06b/321957-321957-3329744-64354-64354-3999447-4036217.html?jumpid=reg_R1002_UKEN can get for £460

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Intel® Pentium® DualCore Mobile Processor T4300
2.10 GHz
4096 MB
500 GB
17.3" LED Screen
Lightscribe Super Multi DVD Writer (+/-R +/-RW) with Double Layer support
8-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery
802.11 b/g
27.7 cm (W) x 41.26 cm (L) x 3.5 cm (min H) / 4.32 cm (max H)
3.52 kg

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/en/ho/WF06b/321957-321957-3329744-64354-64354-3999443-4036171.html - can get for £399

Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Intel® Pentium® DualCore Mobile Processor T4300
2.10 GHz
4096 MB
320 GB
15.6" LED Screen
Lightscribe Super Multi DVD Writer (+/-R +/-RW) with Double Layer support
6-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery
802.11 b/g
25.8 cm (L) x 37.85 cm (W) x 3.4 cm (min H) / 4.2 cm (max H)
2.88 kg


320GB v 500GB
15.6" v 17,3"
6-cell v 8 cell
pay the extra 60 quid
edit - if you can buy me one aswell , I will pay cash
1 Like #14
Joey Bloggsy
320GB v 500GB
15.6" v 17,3"
6-cell v 8 cell
pay the extra 60 quid
edit - if you can buy me one aswell , I will pay cash


Thanks, put like that - it is pretty clear!

My biggest concern is the weight, I currently use a little 14" Sony Vaio which is a great little laptop and only weighs 2.3kg, but as my sister is moving into a flat I thought I would be nice and give her the old one and keep a nice shiny new one for myself .

I only really use the Laptop for web browsing (as I have a desktop PC for games/graphics) and am wondering if it's a bit overkill for my needs.

However as most 15" and bigger laptops seem to be around £380-400, it makes sense to splash a little more cash and get the beefier unit.

PS: Will check and see if the policy extends to Friends :D - Is the £460 deal a pretty good compared to others on the market for similar cash?
#16


This is much lower spec.

Intel Celeron processor C900 vs Intel Dual Core T4200
#17
32bit OS with 4GB ram!

Sense this makes none of.
#18
Nymins
32bit OS with 4GB ram!

Sense this makes none of.

I think you need 64bit when you exceed 4GB
#19
meinnit
I think you need 64bit when you exceed 4GB


3gb is the limit for 32bit that includes all memory graphics card etc........... i think
#20
Im thinking of buying a laptop for my mum at christmas,the only thing im not too sure about is that if I wanted to upgrade would I have to use compaq compatible hardware such as ram,harddrive etc? Its just that my friend bought a dell machine and is gutted that he can only use dell hardware to upgrade.
#21
tomlewis007
3gb is the limit for 32bit that includes all memory graphics card etc........... i think


I have 32bit OS now...

4GB ram
512mb ram on graphics card.

It says my computer is using 3.2gb Ram

So the other 800, I am guessing that is 512 ram of graphics card ram and then the other small bit left is system?

Surely this means 32bit can support more than 3GB considering I am getting 3.2 ram out of my 4gb

or is there some explanation lol? - I know my motherboard limits my ram, so even on 64bit I am getting these results, but that will change on friday, computer upgrades :)
#22
By the time you take away all the other items that are using address space you will see anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 GB of actual useable ram.
#23
liltman
I have 32bit OS now...

4GB ram
512mb ram on graphics card.

It says my computer is using 3.2gb Ram

So the other 800, I am guessing that is 512 ram of graphics card ram and then the other small bit left is system?

Surely this means 32bit can support more than 3GB considering I am getting 3.2 ram out of my 4gb

or is there some explanation lol? - I know my motherboard limits my ram, so even on 64bit I am getting these results, but that will change on friday, computer upgrades :)


AFAIK The 3Gb limit quoted is a rough estimate I believe the actual amount is a little bit over 3.2GB[which is what you see], you need 64bit to use any more than that.
1 Like #24
a 32bit OS supports 2^32 of address space which is 4GB, a 64bit OS will support 2^64 which is 18 quintillion or 18 billion billion bits which is very much more than any of us or our great great grand children will ever need (probably)
#25
Actually the 4gb address limit is a bit of a con in reality. All versions of windows since 2000 have been able to utilise more than 4gb of ram but the user isn't licensed to use it.

If you don't believe it check out the memory limits for 32bit versions of windows server, some of them will happily use 64gb of ram. This is also the case for many 32bit versions of linux!

All versions of windows since 2000 have had this ability built into the coding but it is locked away, an act which Microsoft states is for licensing purposes. In actuality it's designed to act as an extra form of encouragement for people to upgrade to 64bit versions of windows.

Whilst it's very true that the 32bit system cannot address more than 4gb at any one time that does not mean that 4gb is the limit of usable ram you can have.

The coding that allows this in windows server (and that is dormant in most versions of windows) works by allowing you to switch between 4gb blocks of addressed memory. By doing this you can use ram above and beyond 4gb and utilise all of it, the only drawback is that you are limited to 4gb per application but obviously for most people this is not a problem!

I have tried it myself on a 4gb machine and it works perfectly on vista and windows 7, you can have Photoshop open and using say 2.5 gb of ram and you can have your camera raw software open using another 1gb and firefox open using 170mb and a video player etc etc

There are a few screen shots around of people using 8 and 16gb systems successfully.

Whilst it's true that you can't use the ram in the same way as on a 64bit system you can still use it and use all of it in a way that Microsoft imply is not possible for technical reasons when it is in fact a matter of licensing!

You can read more about it here:

http://www.geoffchappell.com/viewer.htm?doc=notes/windows/license/memory.htm

And here (check out the comments from happy users!)

http://www.raymond.cc/blog/archives/2009/08/19/make-windows-7-and-vista-32-bit-x86-support-more-than-4gb-memory/

Just thought I would mention it because being a geek I had fun playing around with the settings!
#26
is this one from currys any better than the above,seen it on tv last night

http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/product/seo/640767
#27
toffeeefc
is this one from currys any better than the above,seen it on tv last night

http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/product/seo/640767


Depends what you want. This doesn't have HDMI so can't be connected to your TV.
#28
I guess this do not have Dual Core

no where in the advert it is specified to be Dual Core Pentium T4300

any comments guys?:thinking:
#29
sameerengg
I guess this do not have Dual Core

no where in the advert it is specified to be Dual Core Pentium T4300

any comments guys?:thinking:


T4200 on Intel Site
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=37251
# of cores = 2
#30
tempting
#31
expired?
#32
is it me or have they sold out
#33
I think they did briefly go yesterday but they're in stock as of today
#34
Appears to be expired?

A little misleading of them to say that this is a "newer model of this item."

That 'newer model' has an inferior CPU, less memory, and possibly* a weaker GPU.
*Benchmarks on the NVIDIA GeForce G 103M are hard to come by, but I think it's significantly better than the ATI Radeon™ HD 4200.

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