HP Compaq releases the cq 50 139wm – Cheap n cool! My reviews

HP Compaq CQ-50 139WM laptop was released today for a ridiculous price of 298 dollars with Walmart (remember Walmart? the No.1 company in the world according to Forbes).

The HP Compaq CQ-50-139WM has some cool features for its price. – 2GB RAM, 2 Gigahertz AMD or Intel Celeron or an AMD Processor and a whopping 5400 RPM 160 GB of hard disk. You can’t ask for more at this price. The credit crunch has done its bit of good for some of us. The graphics card is not that great, so if you’re a gamer, well mate, this one’s not exactly for you as it uses shared memory. The screen is 15.4 inches (standard for a laptop computer) but it uses HP bright tech, so you wouldn’t struggle figuring out what’s written, in daylight.

Another sort of drawback with the HP Compaq CQ-50 139WM is Vista Home – Doesn’t give you features as good as Vista Business or Vista ultimate, but hey! Look at the price! What’s more, UNlike every other laptop out there in this price range, this has a DVD writer, so now you can store your data on DVDs if you find the 160 gigs of hard drive too little <pun intended>. It has wireless lan, a built in microphone for chatters and 3 USB ports. Battery – Here we come to something that most people need. It’s a 6 cell Lithium battery which should comfortably give you a 2-3 hours backup.

All in all, a great machine for its price. With the Compaq HP branding, you couldn’t have asked for more this Christmas. But hey, if you’re looking to buy for yourself, might as well wait for the Boxing day, when prices will be slashed further. I think the HP Compaq CQ series – 50 139WM is good for you if you use the Internet, word processors, basic graphics, email, or other non-graphics card intensive programs. If you want to play games, I’m afraid you’ll have to shell out more than the $298.00. The speed of this laptop computer won’t be great because it uses an AMD or Intel Celeron processor (bad when compared to Centrino and others), but believe me, if you’re a basic user and have been thinking of buying, rush to Walmart this Saturday for this only all Saturday deal. This has good possibility of entering the “sold out” list in the first few hours.

My review: 8 out of 10

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Walmart link: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/catalog.gsp?cat=1026142

Updated Compaq CQ 50 139WM specs:

Intel Celeron Processor 575
2.00 GHz, 667MHz FSB, 1MB Cache
2048MB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Expandable up to 3072MB with 2 accessible memory slots
15.4″ Diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen (1280 x 800) Display
Viewing is enhanced with the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD (shared) with up to 765MB Total Available Graphics Memory
160GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)
Store all of your digital media on this expansive drive
Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic with Service Pack 1
Makes your computing experience more efficient, more secure and more fun
SuperMulti 8X DVDR/RW drive
With double-layer support
Additional Features
HP Imprint finish & Integrated Microphone
Multimedia Drive – with Double Layer Support
Display – 1
Network Card – Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
Wireless Option – 802.11b/g WLAN, Audio – Altec Lansing
Fax/Modem – High speed 56k modem
Keyboard – 101-key compatible
Pointing Device – Touch Pad with Touch Pad with dedicated vertical and horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad
External Notebook Ports: 3 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0
1 Headphone out
1 microphone-in
1 VGA (15-pin)
1 RJ-11 (modem)
1 RJ -45 (LAN)
Security – Kensington MicroSaver lock slot
Power-on password
Accepts 3rd party security lock devices
Power – 65W AC Adapter
6-Cell Lithium-Ion battery
Symantec Norton Internet Security 2008 (including 60 days complimentary live update)
HP Help & Support Center
HP PC Recovery (SoftThinks Restore Solution)
HP Wireless Home Network Setup
HP Total Care Advisor
Microsoft Works
Microsoft Office 2007 Student and Teacher Edition: 60 Day Trial Version
HP Smart Web Printing
HP PhotoSmart Essentials
HP DVD Play
Muvee autoProducer, Cyberlink DVD Suite
Adobe Acrobat Reader
HP Games powered by Wild Tangent

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