Compaq Presario CQ61-106TX

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 May, 2009, 12:00am

The trend these days is towards smaller and smaller computers - but that doesn't mean big is now bad.

If you're not too fussy about having an ultra-portable netbook, there are still some traditional notebooks, or laptops as they were once called, that offer lots of screen space while still affording portability.

The Compaq Presario CQ61-106TX gives you 16 inches of screen and a BrightView LED display, and some impressive performance specifications, all at a price that is comparable to some high-end netbooks.

It's powered by an Intel Core 2 Due processor running at 2 GHz, which is a little faster than most netbooks. It also gives you 4GB of RAM and a hard disk with 250GB of storage. You also get built-in SuperMulti DVD rewritable drive, and built-in Wi-Fi, including the latest 'n' version.

One feature lacking in many netbooks is the Presario's dedicated graphics platform. While netbooks do come with a basic graphics chip, mostly the Intel GMA950, this Presario is equipped with Nvidia's GeForce G 103M graphics chip with 512MB of onboard RAM for those 3D games that just won't run smoothly on basic netbooks.

So the choice is yours - small and ultra-portable with limited performance, or big and chunky with gaming. The Presario CQ61-106TX costs HK$6,980 with a 17-inch carrying case if you buy it from the HP online store.

Pros: huge display, dedicated graphics platform, all-in-one design

Cons: heavy, no webcam, no Bluetooth