Compaq CQ61 [Gadget Review]

For those who want computing with style and be different than the rest of the lot the Compaq Presario CQ61 series Notebook is exclusively designed for them.

The device covers the  mobility and performance needs at 5.90 lbs – the CQ61 as it is powered by AMD processor and ATI graphics technology along with these essential features: 15.6” Diagonal High-Definition HP Bright View display for full-screen views, Integrated high-speed wireless LAN enabling connectivity within hot spots, Altec Lansing speakers delivering smooth audio performance

Design & LCD Dimensions:

It is 2.68 kg machine with almost 15.3 (W) x1.22-1.62(H) x10.4 (D) dimensions. Its sleek touch control panel with Glossy black imprint finish coupled with iconic design and silver panel for palm rest makes it one of the most beautiful machine available in market.

15.6 inch Diagonal HD HP Bright view Display screen inside the beveled edge and does not include laptops frame. A widescreen support aspect ratio of 16:9. The higher the resolution of the display the higher the High-Definition Clarity.

It also support Widescreen HD 1080i (1366×768) resolutions. Its bright view technology display sharply increases clarity and contrast and offers brighter colors and more crisp images which rival machines in the market clearly lack.

Processor, Cache and Memory (RAM/Hard Drive):

With Intel T6600 Core 2 Duo 2.2 MHZ, 800 MHZ FSB speed support and instruction set of 64 bit technology. Enhanced Intel Speed step technology with Execute disable Bit.  It supports digital media files, concentrated spreadsheets and presentation software effectively.

It is loaded with 2MB L2 Cache for greater applications processing. Moreover it comes with 320GB hard drive supporting (5400 rpm); higher RPM interpret straight to advanced overall system performance. Hard drives are ready with SSD technology (Solid state drive) as substitute to normal HDD’s. SSD hard drives are capable of working under vibration with power saving options.

It is geared up with 3GB DDR2 RAM for memory exhaustive actions such as gaming, digital video editing, producing DVDs and running software applications.  You can also extend RAM till 8GB to utilize maximum optimum performance on the laptop especially under Windows 7 computing. Only two RAM Slot banks are available on the motherboard so enhancing memory upto 8 GB is not a big deal in this machine as 2 pairs of 4GB on both ram slot banks can easily do the job.

Integrated Graphics:

The Mobile Intel 5 series chipset features two independent channels for integrated display, in simple words it means it is capable of transporting data in controlled channels results in more controlled graphics.

Intel HM 55 PCH Express chipset with integrated graphics INTEL Graphics Media Accelerator 4500 MHD features different high definition outputs like DVI, HDMI and LVDS, CRT, Display PORT,  SVDO. It supports all HD formats ranging from 720p, 1080i, and 1080p with resolution of 2560×1600 pixels. It will complete your needs like watching movies, high resolution photo viewing, and video editing and in some cases it also supports 3D Gaming. It is loaded with 1309MB total graphics memory.

Connectivity Details and Keyboard, Mouse pad with Scroller:

It is optionally offered with Atheros, Intel and Broadcom Wireless LAN 802.11 with Realtek RTL 8102E/8103E Family Ethernet. It is also ready with Bluetooth 2.0 and infrared connectivity.

However, it is loaded with 3.5 mm stereo pin jacks in front for mic and stereo input /output. Its connectivity options are capable keeping you connected on internet or intranet with freedom of transferring files among Bluetooth capable devices.

The device comes with full size keyboard with integrated numeric pad. It enhances the pointing device experience by providing smooth touch pad with On/Off button and dedicated vertical scroll Up/Down pad.

Multimedia Details (Optical Drive, Speakers, Webcam and Sound Card):

It is fully multimedia loaded laptop for usual multimedia use. It features Altec Lansing speakers for truly classic audio sound with best clarity based on best hifi standards.

Its optical drive (8X) is capable of playing audio / video DVD discs with burning capabilities ranging from DVD RW/R (8X) and CD-RW with (DL support), which means you can fit almost twice the amount of data on a DVD like if you need greater storage capacity data.

Integrated webcam and microphone are installed on the top of lid to keeps connected with your family & friends more lively and to record and playback webcam video. Multimedia hotkeys are also available for fast access to multimedia tasks.

It features HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) for listening and watching audio/video content in HD resolution with more clarity and sharpness in picture.

It is mostly loaded with IDT (Integrated Device Technology) codec and INTEL HD codec built-in soundcard which allow finest digital surround sound and delivers sophisticated features such as manifold audio streams and jack re-tasking. These codec’s are additionally able of playing back more channels at elevated quality than previous audio formats. It supports highly audio content playing and recording.

External Ports:

  • 5 in 1 Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital Cards, Multimedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, xD picture cards.
  • Usb 2.0 where 3rd shared with eSATA port.
  • 1 HDMI Connector.
  • 1 eSATA+USB.
  • 1 VGA port.
  • RJ 45 Ethernet connector.
  • 1 Headphone out and Microphone in jack.

Before you buy make sure the Box contains the following:

  • Manuals
  • Laptop Charger
  • Screen LCD covering cloth

Availability in Pakistan:

it is available in Pakistani local laptop markets. It is offered in the price range of PKR 49000/- to PKR 60,000 depends on the model series like CQ 61-303SV is of about PKR 52,000/- .

However, price variation could be a factor when you go to the market to purchase the device.

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  • Hey, got lot of information for purchasing this laptop from your post.

    i think its worth buying in such price with different features and options.

  • Its the best laptop you can get for this price. I suggested two of my friends to buy that laptop and they both are happy. Its stylish, with high end hardware and low price.

  • Hi
    I work in Riyadh Saudi Arabia as computer maintenance technician.
    we repair laptops.
    And in my experience i think compaq and hp and dell xps models are not good becouse them cooling system is not good and thay have nividia display cards. these systems are designed for america and europe. and our weather is hot. they have display problem. and copmaq support is not good

    • wat abt using cooling pad with them….can u pls suggest customized machines desinged for our weather…they all come up with cool technologies…yeh some have issues…n they can control by cooling pads

  • Compaq CQ61 laptop is good enough to meet a common man’s day to day requirements with in low budget. Heating problems are common in almost all brands. Use AC or at least cooling pad to avoid from it. Importantly always buy it from reliable supplier from where you are at least sure that they’ll provide you proper support at the time once you require. A knowledge able supplier is most important in my views. We are working on this issue and will share it with you guys soon. we have already covered Printers reliable vendors in Pak. market. see an live example at

  • sir i have compaq cq61 bt nw there is some problem in it.
    when i on it the screen become white with some colour line in that white screen and after that the screen become smoky and then convert into black
    what i do now?

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