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It is a 15.6” High Definition LED widescreen laptop with HP BrightView technology released in January 2011.

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Pros

value - lots of everyday performance for under $400

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lots of customization options available from the manufacturer

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DLNA certified/compatible with home network devices

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Cons

mediocre battery life - users will likely have to carry the A/C adapter around

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no blu-ray drive option

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lacks USB 3.0 support - not compatible with the latest peripherals

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manufacturer warranty - only 1 year

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The Compaq Presario CQ56Z Series is a 15.6” High Definition LED widescreen laptop with HP BrightView technology released in January 2011. It comes preloaded with genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit operating system and features built-in WiFi, optional Bluetooth and webcam and an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 graphics card as standard. Options include an AMD V-Series 2.3GHz processor with 512KB L2 cache in the base model, and a choice of either 2.2GHz, 2.4GHZ or 2.5GHz AMD Athlon series with 1MB L2 cache. 2GB DDR3 is found in the base model as well with the possibility of getting 3GB or 4GB instead(8GB maximum accepted), and for the hard drive you get 250GB @ 5400RPM with a free upgrade to 320GB, or the maximum sized 500GB. Connections include 3 USB 2.0 ports, VGA monitor output, RJ-45 port and 1 headphone jack, and your choice of either a SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW or LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW optical drive both of which have double layer support. See features below for included software.

Features

Operating system

  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

OS and recovery media

  • System Recovery DVD

Processor

  • Choices:
    AMD V-Series Processor for Notebook PCs V140 (2.3GHz, 512KB L2 Cache)
    AMD Athlon II Dual-Core Processor for Notebook PCs P340 (2.2GHz, 1MB L2 Cache)
    AMD Athlon II Dual-Core Processor for Notebook PCs N350 (2.4GHz, 1MB L2 Cache)
    AMD Athlon II Dual-Core Processor for Notebook PCs N370 (2.5GHz, 1MB L2 Cache)

Graphics card

  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 Graphics [VGA]

Memory

  • Choices:
    2GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
    3GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
    4GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)

Hard drive

  • Choices:
    250GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
    FREE Upgrade to 320GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
    500GB 5400RPM Hard Drive

Office software

  • Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010

Security software

  • Choices:
    No additional security software
    Upgrade to Norton Internet Security 2011 15 Month Subscription for ONLY $10(activation required)
    Norton Internet Security 2011 - 2 Year Subscription (activation required)
    FREE Upgrade to Norton Internet Security 2011 - 3 Year Subscription from 2 Year Subscription

Other software

  • Cyberlink Youcam, 5 Free HP Games

Primary battery

  • 6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery (standard) - Up to 4.0 hours of battery life +++

Display

  • 15.6" diagonal High Definition HP BrightView LED Display (1366x768)

Primary optical drive

  • Choices:
    SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
    LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support

Personalization

  • Choices:
    Microphone Only (no webcam)
    Webcam and Microphone

Networking

  • Choices:
    802.11b/g/n WLAN
    802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R)

General

  • Accessible memory slots: 2
  • Maximum memory expansion: 8GB
  • Ports: 3 USB 2.0, VGA, RJ-45, 1 Headphone Out
  • Energy Star qualified
  • DLNA certified
  • Adapter: 65W AC
  • Dimensions: 14.72"(W)x 9.70"(D)x 1.29"(min H)/1.49"(max H)
  • Thinness: 1.29"
  • Weight: 5.6 lbs
  • Network card: Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
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Smurf
05/30/2011 03:56

ok i just got one of these laptops yesterday, and it didnt come with a webcam. if i wanted one how much would it cost, and could it be installed into the computer? cause i realized theres a spot for it on the laptop itself.

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