Compaq CQ57 AMD Fusion laptop for $400

Compaq CQ57 is powered by AMD Fusion processor and this laptop offers good value for money at $400. Read more to know this laptop's specifications.

Let's face it a $400 laptop will not have the best features that you find in expensive versions. Nevertheless the Compaq CQ57 is a decent laptop at that price. I'll begin with the basic configurations of the neat device –

Specifications of Compaq CQ57

Processor – AMD C-50 1 GHz dual core
Operating System – Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
HDD250GB @ 5400rpm
Battery Life – Approximately 6 hours
Graphic Card – AMD Radeon HD 6250
External Ports – RJ-45 LAN/3 USB 2.0/1 VGA 15 pin/Microphone-in/Headphone-out
Multimedia Drive – SuperMulti DVD burner
Webcam – HP webcam with microphone included
Dimensions – 14.8" length/9.72" width/1.41" height
Weight – Approximately 2.5kg

Why Compaq CQ57 is recommended

It is not one of the best laptops in the market, but when you consider the price it is a great buy. I'll explain why I recommend it to those who want a cheap laptop. Consider the fact that the laptop is powered by the Windows 7 Home Premium edition OS, which makes it an awesome product. The graphic card AMD RADEON HD 6250 has a good performance too. It is obviously not meant for very challenging games, but works superbly with games that are not too demanding on resources.

The capacity of the laptop's processor is comparable to Intel's B960 series. It is definitely the best processor one can hope for given the low price laptop. It is ideal for carrying out routine applications on the laptop such as, doing office work, surfing, playing games, listening to music and watching videos. Since it has a pre-installed web camera one can use Skype as well.

Watching videos on the Compaq CQ57

Here is a look at how the laptop fares for watching videos. The laptop is good for watching videos over YouTube, especially the ones streamed in high definition. The mp4 files also play well on it. For viewing videos in 1080p you will need a separate monitor as the laptop proffers only basic resolution of 1366x768 which does not support 1080p videos. Most computers offer the same resolution, so it is not really an issue.


If you have a tight budget and need a new computer then I would definitely suggest you buy the Compaq CQ57 for it is an awesome laptop for the price its on offer. It is not a hybrid but a basic computer; so don't be under the impression you are getting something fancy. It will work fine if you want it for doing routine jobs like watching YouTube videos, updating your blog posts, surfing the net, checking your social networking sites, chatting on Skype and the like.

However, if you want to use it for advanced programs you will be disappointed. For instance you will not be able to use CAD or CAE programs on this basic laptop nor will you be able to Photoshop. I have listed the pros and cons of the gadget; it is for you to decide whether you it fits your requirement.

Article by Juana
Juana is a freelance writer publishing with Constant Content and sister sites of Techulator. She writes on a variety of subjects that interest her. She is a voracious reader and that helps her keep abreast with the latest in technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Eng. Lit, is a mom, a wife, a homemaker and a qualified teacher.

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