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HP Compaq Presario CQ56-102SA

alaTest has collected and analyzed 843 reviews of HP Compaq Presario CQ56-102SA. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and screen. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the energy efficiency and touchpad. There are some mixed comments about the durability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the HP Compaq Presario CQ56-102SA is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 user reviews of HP Compaq Presario CQ56-102SA from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Opinions about the portability and reliability are overall positive. The usability and performance also get good comments. There are some critical comments about the touchpad and keyboard, while there are some mixed comments about the image quality.

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89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Compaq CQ56-256 15.6 inch Laptop (AMD Dual core P360 Processor, 3GB RAM, 320GB HDD, Windows 7 Home Premium) - BlackCompaq CQ56-256 15.6 inch Laptop (AMD Dual core P360 Processor, 3GB RAM, 320GB HDD, Windows 7 Home Premium) - Black

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Tommy Melville (

HP Compaq Presario CQ56-111SA review


A solid laptop, offering decent levels of performance but irritating usability

Good performance ; Price ; Keyboard ; Bright screen

Touchpad design ; Graphics power

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Sebastian Jentsch (

Review HP Compaq Presario CQ56 Notebook


Two-Nine-Nine. These three numbers add up to the most attractive

Low price; Stable case; Resistant surfaces; Aluminum reinforced hinges; 2 RAM slots (one empty); Good hard disk; Three hour battery life; Low emissions; Viable keyboard

Only few interfaces; No cardreader; Not AR coated; Poor contrasts & viewing angles; Weak performance; Stiff mouse keys

HP 625: dual core with matt TFT and more interfaces starting at 325 euro; HP 620: more performance with Intel's dual core; HP Compaq Presario CQ62: higher quality and with dual core; MSI CR630: technically almost identical, but with eSATA and...

Dec, 2010

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HP Compaq CQ56-102SA


Only had this laptop for two days now in placement for our trusted of 4 years. I found this new laptop to be very efficient. Nice clear screen, it is fast, does everything and more to our previous laptop, which is all what we're after. Great price for...

The key layout, those shortcut keys are annoying as you keep hitting them accidently. Need to get used to them. Mousepad buttons are too hard to push down. Niggly bits basically.

Nov, 2014

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A Great Laptop- HP Compaq


I think that this laptop is great! It was super cheap- only $300.00- and it has been working great so far. Although it's not as fast as some laptops, it's worth the money. It is also very easy to use and set up. It only took me about five minutes-...

Good price, easy to use, webcam

Too big

Sep, 2012

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HP Compaq Presario CQ56-206SA


I bought this for my husband, his very first laptop. He is impressed with it and finds it easy to navigate.


Apr, 2012

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HP Compaq Presario CQ56-206SA


No bad points.

Mar, 2012

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HP Compaq Presario CQ56-206SA


For the price it has everthing and more - equal to a laptop you would pay a lot more money for

Mar, 2012

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HP Compaq Presario CQ56-206SA


I bought this for my husband, his very first laptop. He is impressed with it and finds it easy to navigate


Feb, 2012

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HP Compaq Presario CQ56-206SA


No bad points

Feb, 2012

Consumer review (

HP Compaq Presario CQ56-206SA


For the price it has everthing and more - equal to a laptop you would pay a lot more money for


Feb, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio system:Generic
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6


Front Camera: Yes


Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver


Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Clamshell
Product colour:Black
Product Type:Notebook


3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:39.6
Display number of colours:16.77 / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type: No
LED Backlight: Yes
Touchscreen: No


Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4250 / Intel GMA 4500M
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.797 / 0.893 / 1.309 / 1.37 / 1.405 / 1.66 / 1.917
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:AMD Radeon HD 4000 / Intel GMA
On-board graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 4250 / Intel GMA 4500M


Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes


Internal Memory:2 / 3 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):2


3G: No
4G: No
Bluetooth: No
Cabling technology:10/100Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100
Networking features:Ethernet, Fast Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:-15 - 12192
Operating altitude:-15 - 3048
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60

Optical Drive

LightScribe: Yes
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL

Other features

Audio system:Generic
Compatible operating systems:Linux SuSe SLED11 / Windows 7
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
Graphics adapter family:AMD / ATI / Intel
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Power supply type:AC/DC
TV in port: No
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Package depth:11
Package height:34.5
Package weight:3.7
Package width:52


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:65


Bus type:FSB
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):15
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Motherboard chipset:AMD RS880M / Intel GL40 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:376 / 410
Processing Die size:107 / 162
Processor cache:0.5 / 1 / 4
Processor cache type:L2 / L3
Processor codename:Penryn / Presler
Processor Cores:1 / 2
Processor family:AMD Athlon II / AMD Athlon II Dual-Core / AMD V / Intel Pentium / Intel® Celeron® / Intel® Pentium® / Intel® Pentium® D
Processor frequency:2.1 / 2.2 / 2.24 / 2.3 / 3
Processor front side bus:800
Processor lithography:45 / 65
Processor Model:900 / 925 / P320 / P360 / T3500 / T4500 / V140
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Celeron Processor 900 series for Mobile / Intel Celeron Processor T3000 series for Mobile / Intel Pentium D 900 series
Processor Socket:Socket 478 / Socket P / Socket S1 / Socket T (LGA 775)
Processor threads:1 / 2
Tcase:105 / 63.4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 95

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:No / Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:No / Y / Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:No / Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):N
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:N
Physical Address Extension (PAE): Yes
Processor ARK ID:42925
Processor code:SLGJV / SLGZC
Processor package size:35 / 37.5
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:No / Y


Cable lock slot:Kensington / N / No / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader: No


Drivers included: Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / Linux / Windows 7 Home Premium
Trial software:Norton Internet Security 2011 / Symantec Norton Internet Security 2011, Norton Online Backup


Card reader integrated: No
Hard Drive Capacity:250 / 320
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
HDD Capacity:250
HDD interface:Serial ATA
HDD Speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of HDDs installed:1
Storage Media:HDD
Total HDDs capacity:250 / 500
Total Storage Capacity:250 / 320 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:24.6 / 25.6
Height :3.28
Height (front):3.28
Height (rear):3.78