Compaq Presario CQ57-489WM Review

Compaq Presario CQ57-489WM Review

This is one of the better budget laptops I’ve seen lately. Not only is this device pretty good as far as hardware is concerned (especially if we report ourselves to such a low budget, it’s under $350 at the time of this review), but if you try and upgrade it you can transform it into a pretty powerful monster. In my opinion, something with such a decent processor, a pretty good hard drive and a pretty darn strong set of RAM can be easily considered a good laptop.

The Compaq Presario CQ57-489WM comes with 2GB of DDR3 RAM (standard) but you can always buy another module of 4GB of RAM as an upgrade. The 2GB of RAM in the Compaq Presario CQ57-489WM shouldn’t be an issue for light business use, but if your budget allows another $20 or so I highly recommend buying another module of 4GB of RAM. This way, with a total RAM of 6GB, the CQ57-489WM should perform way better.

I can’t really vouch about the quality of the laptop personally, as I have never really owned a HP laptop myself. However, I do know that it is a brand to be feared as it weighs heavy on the ring of battle. Also, while I personally haven’t owned such a PC, other people I know of (some of which are really old friends) have been using such laptops for quite a while and they told me that they are extremely satisfied about the durability and reliability of the HP Compaq series.

Also, while not much in the way of hardware strength, Compaq Presario CQ57-489WM looks extremely beautiful with its sleek and elegant design. What may not be such a good thing is the fact that its whole body is made out of plastic, or so it looks. However, even with that in mind I’d say that this device is still one of the better looking ones I’ve seen lately. I may not fully agree with the fact that it doesn’t have a numeric keypad, but I’d still purchase it if I found myself in the position of requiring a laptop on a budget.

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Who is it for? discussing who would benefit most from this laptop...

  • Student
    From a student's point of view, I can honestly say that the time in which you can do pleasurable activities is gravely limited. If you truly want to be the best, you have to work your arse off, and that leaves little time for other things. Therefore, a laptop fit for a student would be one with sufficient storage space and enough hardware strength as to run the school programs. Since all schools in general use programs that haven't been updated in more than a decade ( two decades, in my case ), the program part should be no problem. Thus, I'd say that Compaq Presario CQ57-489WM would be perfect for the student on a budget.

  • Casual User
    From all of the casual users I know of, I can easily say that they all use the laptop for menial activities, none of which requiring a great deal of hardware strength. Web-browsing, social networking, the occasional movie and a few extremely small and bad-looking games don't require an alien-built laptop to run. Therefore, if you are a casual user and don't really want to spend all that much on a laptop with a lot of bells on whistles that you will probably never use, I'd gladly recommend Compaq Presario CQ57-489WM.

  • Business User
    As far as I see it, the most important thing for a business user should be Mobility. Tied to that in close relation would be the performance in multitasking, but not so much as to reach the level of a power user laptop. That is why I usually recommend an Ultrabook as the perfect laptop for such people. Compaq Presario CQ57-489WM may not be strongest out there, and unless you upgrade the RAM to its maximum amount, I doubt it will be all that powerful in Multitasking.

  • Power User
    As far as I see things through my sick and twisted little world view, a power user is somebody that generally only uses the laptop for tasks such as heavy multitasking or strong hardware-demanding programs / tasks. Therefore, I believe that a power user should always have the best laptop out there ( not necessarily equipped with a powerful video card ). Needless to say, this little laptop cannot suit that task at all. One would be foolish to even try to do some hard multitasking on it. Compaq Presario CQ57-489WM is not for power users.

  • Gaming
    The basic definition of a gaming laptop is the same as the power user laptop, but to be more specific we also need to add a strong video card to the equation. I don't think I need to specify how this device will not suit those particular users at all.


One of the best things of this laptop is the fact that it is equipped with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium. Microsoft is having a deal at this time and if you purchase any device with Microsoft Windows 7 on it, you can upgrade it to Windows 8 for no cost or upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for a mere 15 dollars.

The main disadvantage of Compaq Presario CQ57-489WM is the lack of a dedicated video card. I am a person that uses that component quite a bit for heavy gaming. The same thing can be said about the numeric keypad. I also have a problem with the pre-installed software as they are usually only Trial versions of programs.

User Reviews: what others think?

So far the only user review I could find was made by somebody that purchased their laptop from Wallmart. I get that Wallmart is pretty big in the States and that they offer cheap items, but their items, same as any major store,aren't necessarily top notch. Therefore, I wouldn't really recommend purchasing "expensive" (in comparison to the rest of the products) products at such stores. You see, such massive stores cheapen some particular products so that you get the impression that EVERYTHING is cheaper, but in reality, the technological gizmos and similar items are actually at 50% the extra price.

Upgrade Compaq Presario CQ57-489WM to 6 GB of DDR3 RAM (Running at 1066 MHz)


In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this laptop for students, casual user and business users alike. The only people I wouldn't recommend this device for are the power users and the gamers. Those two categories I strongly believe should build their laptops / PCs from scrap, without settling for what each shop is offering.
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Technical Details

Processor AMD E-300 Dual-Core 1.3GHz (2 Cores)
Video Card AMD Radeon HD 6310
RAM Memory 2GB DDR3 @ 1066 MHz
Audio integrated with Altec Lansing Speakers
Operating System Windows 7 @ 64-bit
Display 15.6-inch 1366 x 768px
Storage Drive 320 GB 5400rpm
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
USB 2.0 Ports 3
USB 3.0 Ports None
Built-in Camera 0.3 MP
Built-in Microphone Yes
Optical Drive DVD±RW
Memory Card Reader Yes
Bluetooth -
Headphone-out Yes
VGA-out Yes
HDMI-out -
LAN-out Yes
Color Black
Width 14.80 in.
Depth 9.72 in.
Height 1.23 in.
Weight 5.50 lbs. lbs.
Battery Life up to 5 hours and 30 min
Warranty 1 Year

Updated on January 6th, 2013

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