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Compaq CQ42-273TU laptop Review

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Compaq CQ42-273TU laptop Review

Compaq CQ42-273TU laptop is a great machine at affordable price. CQ42 series are always famous for greater performance and this model also assures the same for a buyer. This laptop comes with good features that are essential for current day needs. This laptop is powered through Intel Core i3-350M processor and comes with 3GB DDR3 RAM and 320 GB hard drive. It has many special features such as Intel HD graphics, VGA port, HDMI ouput port, 5-in-1 card reader, and webcam and Altec Lansing speakers. This is a best laptop for everyone importantly affordable for all. Importantly, remember that this notebook comes with DOS operating system and not Windows.

Most of the US notebooks comes with the Windows 7 pre installed and the prices of the notebooks seems cheaper. Probably it is time for Microsoft to talk to Compaq / HP and offer them volume discount for the pre installed Windows 7 OS, similar in fashion to the machines in US.

Intel Core i3-350M processor Details:

This Intel Core i3-350M processor. that powers Compaq CQ42-273TU is a lower-middle class Dual-Core CPU for notebooks and this processor is clocked at 2.26GHz. This processor is lacking Turbo Boost overclocking if compared with Core i5-430M processor. Also, there is no VT-d and AES too along with missing Trusted Execution functions. Each core of this processor is based on Nehalem micro-architecture. The Hyper Threading ability with this processor will enable the CPU to handle four threads at a single time.

This processor got one integrated graphics card as GMA HD along with memory controllers. Both are made in 45nm process, but on separate die. Here, it is important to learn that the CPU is made on 32nm process. Core i3-350M has generally good reviews from the experts.


  • Reasonably priced laptop.
  • It’s Intel Core i3-350M processor is a greatest advantage.
  • It has HDMI and VGA ports.
  • It has webcam.
  • It has optical drive.
  • It has Intel HD Graphics.
  • Light in weight with just 2.2 kg.




  • This laptop comes with DOS OS not Windows.
  • Not suitable for latest and 3D games.






Compaq CQ42-273TU is powered through Intel Core i3-350M processor. This processor is clocked at 2.26GHz. It has Intel HM55 chipset.

System memory and hard drive:

This laptop comes with 3GB DDR3 ram and this system memory got a chance to increase up to 8GB successfully.

Hard drive of this laptop is 320GB. It is SATA drive and rotates at 7200 rpm.

Optical drive:

Compaq CQ42-273TU is credited with one SuperMulti DVD drive. This drive can read and write CDs and DVD with Double-Layer support.

Display and Graphics:


The screen size of this laptop is 14.0-inches. It has 1366 x 768 pixels resolution and HD LED HP BrightView diplay.

There is Intel HD Graphics too in this laptop for better entertainment experience.

Additional Ports:

This laptop comes with one 5-in-1 card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, one VGA  port, one HDMI output port, one RJ-45, one headphone jack and one microphone jack.



Compaq CQ42-273TU is arranged with Altec Lansing built-in speakers and these speakers offers decent sound quality.


This laptop comes with a built-in webcam along with integrated microphone for video chats.

Input Devices:

There is pointing device as touch pad with integrated ON/OFF buttons to avoid wrong inputs and there is 2-way scroll pad support too.

There is one keyboard with 101 key compatible and home roll keys.



There is one integrated 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN for all wired connectivity needs. This laptop is also credited with wireless technologies as Intel Wi-Fi Link 1000 Bluetooth wireless networking too.

Size and Weight:


Width: 34.2 cm.

Depth: 22.8cm.

Height: 3.15cm.

Weight: 2.2 kg.



There is one 6-cell Lithium-ion battery pack to offer unplugged supply for the notebook.


For security reasons, Compaq CQ42-273TU comes with Kensington MicroSaver Lock slot, Power-on Password and also this device accepts all the third party security lock devices.


This laptop comes with one-year warranty over parts and labor.

Operating system:

This is important to remember that this laptop is supplied with free DOS operating system and not the popular Windows OS.

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