Compaq offers 15.6-in. Windows 7 laptop for $399; mini-tower desktop, $309

Compaq offers 15.6-in. Windows 7 laptop for $399; mini-tower desktop, $309

Summary: The new Compaq Presario CQ61 will offer Windows 7 Home Premium on a 15.6-inch "piano black" body for just $399.

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The new Compaq Presario CQ61 will offer Windows 7 Home Premium on a 15.6-inch "piano black" body for just $399.

The new laptop, available now, sports the following:

  • AMD Sempron 2.0GHz processor
  • 15.6-inch (1366x768) display
  • ATi Radeon HD 4200 graphics
  • 2GB DDR2 memory
  • 160GB 5,400RPM HDD
  • SuperMulti DVD/RW drive
  • 802.11 b/g wireless
  • six-cell battery (12-cell battery optional)

It's got an integrated microphone, a 5-in-1 media card reader, Altec Lansing audio, a full-size keyboard with numeric keypad, three USB 2.0 ports, line in and out, VGA and RJ-45 port.

The system weighs in at 5.90 lbs. and it's 1.38 inches at its thinnest. It's available on Oct. 22 for $399.

On the desktop front, Compaq also introduced the CQ4010F mini-tower desktop PC, also running Windows 7.

Inside, you'll find the following:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • AMD Sempron (2.30GHz) processor
  • 2GB DDR2 SDRAM (expands to 4GB)
  • 250GB 7,200RPM HDD
  • SuperMulti DVD burner
  • Nvidia GeForce 6150 SE graphics
  • 6 USB 2.0 ports (4 front, 2 back), headphone, microphone, VGA, line in/out
  • USB keyboard and mouse
  • 4.43 in. wide, 12.24 in. tall, 15.91 in. deep
  • 9.20 lbs.

It's available Oct. 22 for $309.

Topics: Software, Hardware, Laptops, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows

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  • netbook priced... sweet!

    For the price of a netbook, you get a 15" screen, and a DVD burner. A sempron might be a sempron, but it probably beats an Atom every time around. And best of all, you get a graphics card! I have to say this is really well priced.
    Vahidm
  • RE: Compaq offers 15.6-in. Windows 7 laptop for $399; mini-tower desktop, $309

    Considering the price being asked for Windows 7, pretty soon you will be able to get a free computer with the purchase of Windows 7.
    Conanb
  • I think I'd wait for it to go on sale.

    Jan.09,I paid $399.(after 30. rebate at
    OfficeDepot)for the cq60 w/an AMD64X2(2ghz),160gb
    hd,2gb ram and an integrated Nvidia
    8200m,lightscribe dvd,wireless g and vista
    premium and a 15.6", 16:9 ratio hd widescreen. Why
    would I pay the same for a lesser
    computer from the same company?
    Prime Waverider
  • RE: Compaq offers 15.6-in. Windows 7 laptop for $399; mini-tower desktop, $309

    No DVI for the desktop? Come on!
    zebtron
  • RE: Compaq offers 15.6-in. Windows 7 laptop for $399; mini-tower desktop, $309

    Vista needed at least 3gb of ram. If Win7 needs the same, then this is no deal. The laptop only comes with 2gb.
    shellyf@...
    • Response to Troll

      Vista needs at least 3GB of RAM? That's amazing. I'm running 2GB with Vista, with a nice fast experience, no waits for memory paging, etc. I've run Windows 7 on 1GB machines with no slowdowns, stuttering, etc. As an IT professional, I've been using Windows 7 for several months now, including the RTM, and doing all of my daily tasks on it. No problems.
      korebreach
      • I concur

        Even got Win 7 running on a system with 512Mb of RAM. Yeah, it runs slowly, but it runs.
        Lovs2look
  • RE: Compaq offers 15.6-in. Windows 7 laptop for $399; mini-tower desktop, $309

    I just checked (10/20) the Compaq site ( http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/product_detail.do?storeName=storefronts&landing=rts_notebook&category=rts_notebook&orderflow=1&a1=Brand&v1=Compaq+Presario&product_code=VM362UA%23ABA&catLevel=2 ) for the CQ61
    1. Out of stock
    2. Price $449.99 (not $399)
    austino@...
  • RE: Compaq offers 15.6-in. Windows 7 laptop for $399; mini-tower desktop, $

    Zoinks. Do-diddlies!
    Toomee