Compaq Presario CQ20-205TU
I’ve been looking for a notebook, since I got transferred to the IT Dept and got stripped of my auditor-standard notebook. At first, I was eyeing the up-and-coming netbooks at that time. Lenovo’s ideapad S10 caught my attention. But with the increasing USD to IDR exchange rate and considering the performance factor of the Intel Atom N270 processor, I decided to aim for a real notebook instead.
Then I saw an ad in KOMPAS for Compaq Presario CQ20-205TU which retailed at a promotion price of IDR 7,590,000. After doing some research, I snatched one at INDOCOMTECH 2008. So far, I’m satisfied. There are the requisite quips about the notebook, but overall I’m very happy with the purchase.
- 2.0 GHz Dual-core processor. Sure, it’s a watered down version of Centrino Duo’s Core2 Duo processor. But it’s still packs a lot of prowess – for it’s class – methinks.
- Ample set of pizzaz. Bluetooth? Wifi b/g? SD/MMC cardreader? ExpressCard port? 1.3 MP Webcam? Internal dual-layer DVD writer? 3 USB ports? HDMI port? 56K Modem? Fast Ethernet? 160 GB SATA harddrive? You want it, we got it.
- Did I mention the 12.1″ screen? Woohoo! Exactly what I’m looking for. My work/play sweet spot. At 1.68 kgs, it’s not much of a burden either.
- Price. For a 12 incher, this is quite a bargain, you know.
- Beauty. Unlike some similar offerings – a wink to Lenovo – this one doesn’t scream budget notebook. The outer top shell and the palm rest area sport a subtle and stylish pattern – see the zoomed-in image above. The glossy black and metallic color combination is outright great.
- No OS included. Well, what do you expect? What you skimp is what you get.
- Shiny top shell attracts more smudges than a playboy centerfold page. If only the top shell is as hot.
- Metallic touchpad doesn’t bode well with sweaty fingers. Bad news for my sweaty palms. If my fingers get damp, I guarantee there won’t be a smooth mousing experience. My mom even made me a finger-sock just to get me around this problem.
- Lacklustre 3-cell battery. Roughly translates of less than 2 hours of normal computing sessions.
- I’ve tried to install Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex on it. All devices work except the audio driver – grave – and the USB ports – fatal. Darn. You were so close, Ubuntu. Perhaps on the next iteration?
- If you’re looking for its Windows XP drivers, there’s this good HP forum post on the topic.