The Compaq Presario CQ62Z looks and feels like a notebook. It sports an attractive 15.6 inch screen, runs at 2.2GHZ on an AMD V-Series V120 CPU, comes with the choice of 2GB or 4GB of RAM, and storage options of 250GB or 500GB. It also brings with it ATI’s HD 4250 graphics card, LED backlighting, a 1466 x 768 resolution and is powered by a 6-cell battery.
The price however is a different story. While most, including myself, would assume this notebook costs $800 or $900, you can actually acquire this unit for only $379.99, a price reserved for netbooks not notebooks. So is this a notebook? a netbook? neither? both? I’ll let you decide. All I know is, it’s a great deal.
HP’s Compaq Airlife 100, the company’s first smartbook that was announced on Friday, combines the portability and design of a netbook with the hardware and software often seen in smartphones. The Airlife has a battery life of up to 12 hours, longer than what most netbooks can offer. While the Airlife and iPad are very different in terms of design, they share many similar features such as simplified software interfaces, touch-screens, and ARM processors (most netbooks use Intel processors). The two devices also both make it easy to quickly access the Internet and browse online content.
Here is a quick comparison of the differences between the smartbook and tablet:
10.1 in touch screen
Wi-fi b/g (optional 3G wireless broadband connectivity)
Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (1 GHz)
16 GB internal storage
512 MB flash storage
HP is not distributing the Airlife in the US just yet, while the iPad is roughly 50 days away from becoming available worldwide. The company also has not yet released pricing information for the new device.
The first is the Compaq Mini CQ10 netbook. This new machine will run the 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, a HDD up to 250 GB, Wi-Fi, GMA 3150 graphics and a 6-cell battery. You should be able to get this thing for around $260 within weeks.
Next is the HD Edition of the HP Mini 210 netbook. We’ve already seen a preliminary leak of the new HP netbook’s specs, and our latest info corroborates those findings. You can expect a 1.66 GHz Atom N450, GMA 3150 graphics, and the new Broadcom Crystal HD chip for media acceleration. The HP Mini 210 HD will cost around $330.
Both netbooks will ship on or around January 7th, according to the latest available information.
As Black Friday approaches more ads are starting to leak out over the internet. Here are some examples of Best Buy’s Black Friday deals on netbooks, laptops, and desktops:
- Compaq: Intel Atom processor, 1 GB of RAM, 160 GB hard drive – $179.99
- Compaq: Intel Atom Processor, 1 GB of RAM, 250 GB hard drive – $229.99
- Dell: 10.1″ screen display, Intel Atom processor, 1 GB of RAM, 160 GB hard drive – $379.99
- Apple: Macbook with 13.3″ screen display, 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB DDR3 RAM, 250 GB hard drive plus a $150 gift card – $999.99
- eMachines: AMD Athlon processor, 3 GB of RAM, 320 GB hard drive, Windows 7 plus 18.5″ LCD monitor and HP Deskjet printer – $299.97
If you’re interested in these deals and more, Best Buy will be opening at 5:00 a.m. on Black Friday and will start passing out tickets for their doorbuster specials starting at 3:00 a.m. that same morning. The store has had some early Black Friday specials, including an Acer laptop for $249 that sold out within minutes of its debut.
Best Buy also has a Black Friday VIP contest that will award 25 lucky winners a $1,000 Best Buy gift card, so be sure to keep your eye out for that as well.
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Computing technology is generally on people’s holiday shopping list in some form or other, and even though the economy may not be so great this year, the situation is no different. That’s why we’re giving you a sneak peak of some of the the offers that Office Depot are promoting for Black Friday. Office Depot will open at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 27th, and deals on netbooks, laptops and desktops start as low as $229. Take a look.
- Acer: 10.1″ screen display with 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor – $199.99
- HP: G60-508US with Intel Celeron 900 processor – $299.99
- Acer: Aspire, 15.6″ widescreen display with AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core L310processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive – $379.99
- HP: G71-343US with Intel Core 2 Duo processor T6600 – $449.99
- Toshiba: 15.6″ widescreen display with AMD Turion II Dual-Core processor M500, 3GB RAM, 320GB hard drive – $469.99
- Toshiba: 17″ screen display with AMD Turion II M500, 3GB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive – $499.99
- Compaq: CQ4010F with AMD Sempron LE-1300 Processor, 2GB RAM, 250GB hard drive- $229.99
- Compaq: Presario AMD LE-1300 with 18.5″ Monitor – $329.99
- HP: Pavillion Slimline s5220f with Intel Pentium processor E5300, 4GB RAM, 640GB hard drive – $369.99
There’s also a rumor that there will be a two page bonus ad in the Office Depot’s Black Friday ad, so be sure to be on the lookout for that!
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Nowadays, some laptop manufacturers are starting to provide alternatives to netbooks. An example is Compaq, which is aiming to bring to consumers a machine that has the price of a netbook and the performance of a laptop.
The Compaq CQ61 laptop has a 15.6″ screen display, is powered by a 2 GHz AMD Sempron M100 processor and an ATI Radeon HD 4200 graphics chipset, and has 2 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard drive. Unlike a netbook, the Compaq CQ61 would also be powerful enough to support the Windows 7 OS.
The Compaq CQ61 will go on sale soon after the launch of Windows 7, with a selling price of $399.