HP Compaq Presario A961EM reviews and prices: 17" Laptop computer

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This laptop is a good all rounder.

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8.7 out of 10 based on 40 reviews.
HP Compaq Presario A961EM with Intel Core 2 Duo T2390 1.86 GHz Dual Core Processor, 2GB of Memory and 120GB Storage on Windows Vista Home Premium. DVD drive See full product description

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paul, middlesbrough

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
too heavy
Overall rating 7.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 6.0
Size and weight 5.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Jan 2009

Jay, Norwich, UK. Heavy user. Working Professional.

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
- Inbuilt Webcam.
- HD widescreen.
Bad points:
- The HP software is overwhelming. I don't want their performance, etc software when Vista plus freeware have it all.
- The 'Shift' key could be larger than the rest.
Overall rating 8.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 22 Jan 2009

Paul, Bristol new to laptops

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
It works
Bad points:
It is difficult to work
Overall rating 7.0
Design 2.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 5.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Apr 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Large screen, wide keyboard. . Overall excellent
Bad points:
Bought it for use at home so size not an issue - might be more of a problem if mobility was needed
Overall rating 9.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Feb 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
excellent product for the genuine laptop buyer
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 12 Feb 2009

Confirmed purchaser 1st time laptop user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Mouse pad, has horizontal and vertical slides. Seperate numerical pad
Bad points:
Hinge for monitor is a bit stiff, would have been nice to have had an HDMI slot
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 12 Apr 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
simple design built in web cam large screen
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 6.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Apr 2009

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 17
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1440 x 900 (WSXGA)
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium
RAM (Gigabytes) 2
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 120
Number of cores Dual
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Core 2 Duo
Processor number T2390
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 1.86
Number of USB ports 3
Connections Wireless
Built-in disc drive DVD drive
Built-in disc drive CD-ROM drive
Weight (kg) 3.10
Graphics card brand Intel
Graphics card model number GMA X3100
Remote control No
Release date 2008-09-01
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Manufacturer's Description

The Compaq Presario A900 notebook PC puts power computing within your budget. With the 17-inch display, the latest Intel processors, and a range of essential features, this versatile solution is great for your everyday computing needs.


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