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Compaq CQ61-405sa Laptop -
Intel® Celeron Dual Core T3100 Processor,
320GB HDD,
2GB Memory,
15.6" HD Screen,
Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit,
DVD Rewriter,
Integrated Graphics,
Webcam.
Next best price I can find is £327! Ideal if you're not wanting to play high end games!
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#1
Can it play hd video ?
#2
Should support at least 720p but not full HD.
#3
Not bad value at all for a general family machine if you're on a tightish budget and live near a Best Buy (125 miles for me 'cos i live 'oop north'. The HMDI connection is a definite plus. Have some heat
#4
topazz
Not bad value at all for a general family machine if you're on a tightish budget and live near a Best Buy (125 miles for me 'cos i live 'oop north'. The HMDI connection is a definite plus. Have some heat

Thanks. Don't understand the cold votes, the processor scores quite highly on the passmark site : CPU Score, it even beats the i3 330u!


Edited By: WantOne on Nov 06, 2010 09:00: Spelling
#5
Good deal but I live up int frozen north.
We tend to stay int cave now weather
is chilli.
#6
WantOne
topazz
Not bad value at all for a general family machine if you're on a tightish budget and live near a Best Buy (125 miles for me 'cos i live 'oop north'. The HMDI connection is a definite plus. Have some heat
Thanks. Don't understand the cold votes, the processor scores quite highly on the passmark site : CPU Score, it even beats the i3 330u!
Maybe it's the poor graphics that's putting people off.
#7
Good price for a budget laptop :-)
#8
WantOne

Thanks. Don't understand the cold votes, the processor scores quite highly on the passmark site : CPU Score, it even beats the i3 330u!



I don't think comparing it to an ultra low voltage i3 is a reasonable comparison.
#9
grahawk
WantOne

Thanks. Don't understand the cold votes, the processor scores quite highly on the passmark site : CPU Score, it even beats the i3 330u!



I don't think comparing it to an ultra low voltage i3 is a reasonable comparison.


I was comparing the bench mark score, not the power usage. A lot of people are put off by the celeron badge because of its previously poor performance.
#10
WantOne
grahawk
WantOne

Thanks. Don't understand the cold votes, the processor scores quite highly on the passmark site : CPU Score, it even beats the i3 330u!



I don't think comparing it to an ultra low voltage i3 is a reasonable comparison.


I was comparing the bench mark score, not the power usage. A lot of people are put off by the celeron badge because of its previously poor performance.


OK. I don't think comparing it to the benchmark score of an ultra low voltage i3, and thus a processor which will have a lower benchmark than many other processors, is a reasonable comparison.

And these does not mean there's anything wrong with the celeron dual cores.
#11
Rick Ward
WantOne
topazz
Not bad value at all for a general family machine if you're on a tightish budget and live near a Best Buy (125 miles for me 'cos i live 'oop north'. The HMDI connection is a definite plus. Have some heat
Thanks. Don't understand the cold votes, the processor scores quite highly on the passmark site : CPU Score, it even beats the i3 330u!

Maybe it's the poor graphics that's putting people off.

Graphics aren't poor. This laptop has sufficient power for Office and Online work. That's what it is for. If you want to play power-hungry games or do video editing, you need to spend more money.
#12
At the £300 laptop price point, there are numerous 'budget' deals available at the moment. I bet that not one of the laptops on offer is able to tick all the desirable attribute boxes e.g. new vs refurb, build quality, cpu performance, HD graphic capability, gaming ability, battery life, portability and so on. If you want a laptop that can meet most, if not all those requirements, then you need to spend £700 - £1,000, possibly more. Anything at £300 is inevitably going to be a compromise and is therefore only going to excel at maybe one or two of those attributes.

I'm therefore frankly surprised that so many people appear to be so sniffy about this deal. If someone knows a better deal for a brand new, full size, branded general workhorse with HD graphics capability (albeit slightly limited), available right now from a national retailer, then please let us know. BTW to employ the argument that there is a much better machine "at just £XX more" is not really helpful if you happen to be on a tight budget. Admittedly, you wont be able to play modern games on it but this laptop at this price appears to offer a lot for the money. Oh well, at least you tried WantOne.
#13
grahawk
WantOne
grahawk
WantOne

Thanks. Don't understand the cold votes, the processor scores quite highly on the passmark site : CPU Score, it even beats the i3 330u!



I don't think comparing it to an ultra low voltage i3 is a reasonable comparison.


I was comparing the bench mark score, not the power usage. A lot of people are put off by the celeron badge because of its previously poor performance.


OK. I don't think comparing it to the benchmark score of an ultra low voltage i3, and thus a processor which will have a lower benchmark than many other processors, is a reasonable comparison.

And these does not mean there's anything wrong with the celeron dual cores.


Want One was right to query the cold votes (although it's up at 60degrees now), but I agree with Grahawk the i3 330um wasn't a good comparison; although the performance of Celeron Dual Cores is pretty good.
The i3 330um sacrifices power for battery life, yes the 3100 has a CPU mark score 5.5% better than the 330um but it'll chew through a battery in an hour or two while the 330um will probably run six to eight hours. A fairer comparison would have been the i3 330m (which is 55% faster than the Celeron) and even that will beat it on battery life.



Edited By: wombat6025 on Nov 07, 2010 00:33: cthulhu for chancellor
#14
Surely the "other" best buy £299 laptop deal is better

http://www.bestbuy.co.uk/product/1000144231/compaq-presario-156-laptop---intel-pentium-250gb-2gb-memory.aspx

It has a T4400 dual core 2.2ghz. Mind you best buy have 6 £299 laptops, am i right in thinking the t4400 is the best one to get (dont care about ram/hdd i can add to these)

Edited By: splatsplatsplat on Nov 18, 2010 15:05

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