Our Compaq Presario CQ60-419WM laptop review is a mixture of good and not-so-pleasing views. Compaq Presario CQ60-419WM review, based on team effort, is good overall. First, the good about this notebook: it has a low-price (fairly priced) and has decent features. Specs are good but not very powerful (see past user reviews if you want to verify). Our own take and experiences in the next paragraph.
In terms of processor, our review of Compaq Presario CQ60-419WM may not serve everybody well. First of all, this is a notebook powered by AMD Sempron SI-42 / 2.1 GHz and we are not really fans of this processor for possessing less power than Core 2 Duo processor. For a hobbyist and casual video gamer the AMD Sempron is ok. However, from our experience in testing MMORPG and other video games, particularly those reviewed here like DOTA (6.6.1b changelogs and maps out already, FYI) and WOW, AMD Semprons cannot truly satisfy our computing needs. And yes, we might say that we are voracious gamers, most probably just like most of you reading this article now.
The video quality of games suffer the most because of sporadic hanging and since we open multiple tabs in Flock and Firefox (around 200 tabs combined), these web browsers don’t respond for a few minutes, meaning the resources are being depleted despite having a 4GB maximum RAM capacity. The laptop hangs also when we used it to edit several photos using Photoshop and videos using Pinnacle Studio. Although we tested a Compaq Presario CQ60-419WM unit with only 2GB of memory, this should be enough for simple multitasks like opening a few tabs in your browser while playing some music in the background. Of course, downloading of files via Torrents and other legit sites also slowed down a bit due to these factors. Adding more RAM to Compaq Presario could help a bit but still, the processor cannot be upgraded that easily. Sometimes, it’s even better to buy a new laptop instead of paying for a CPU upgrade because of labor costs plus the price of a new processor that’s almost half the price of a brand new unit. Upgrading the Compaq Presario CQ60-419WM processor, is not really practical in our opinion, to say the least.
Now, since stating at the start of this review of Compaq Presario CQ60-419WM laptop that one variable we considered in posting our own view is the user type – casual, gamer, power – then we cannot recommend this to the last two groups. For the causal computer user, this notebook will work just fine. For gamers and power users (programmers, video and photo editors, active multitasker) you might find that this notebook lacks enough power to help you finish your job on time due to some errors (some are mentioned above).
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