Review HP Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG Notebook

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stiegitz), 10/02/2012

Bargain alert. For just under 320 Euros (~$411), HP offers a basic laptop featuring a Pentium dual-core processor and Windows 7 operating system. Our review shows whether you get an acceptable laptop for this low price.

A new member of Hewlett Packard's Compaq Presario CQ low-budget line is on our test bench. The test device features Intel's Pentium B950 processor (dual-core CPU) and Intel's HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) GPU for video output. The system is supported by four gigabytes of working memory. Data is stored on a 320 gigabyte hard disk. The laptop also harbors a DVD burner.

We compare it to HP's previous Compaq Presario CQ57-303SG (AMD E-450AMD Radeon HD 6320) and Lenovo's B570e-N2F23GE (Intel Pentium B960Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)).

Case

The casing looks a lot like HP's 655 in shape and design, but is a bit thinner. It is made completely of black, sleek plastic. The display's back and the wrist rest exhibit a glossy surface. The other parts of the base unit's top feature matte surfaces. The base unit only yields slightly under pressure, whereas the optical drive's area is a bit more pliable. The casing generally conveys a solid impression and corresponds to what you can expect for this purchase price. The hinges keep the lid firmly in position but are pulled too tight for opening the laptop with one hand.

The entire laptop is made of black plastic.
The entire laptop is made of black plastic.
The display's rear features piano lacquer.
The display's rear features piano lacquer.
Two maintenance covers are on the bottom.
Two maintenance covers are on the bottom.

Connectivity

The Presario CQ58-148SG does not reveal any surprises in connectivity and supplies all interfaces that you would expect and need nowadays. Regrettably, HP does not use any USB 3.0 ports in this model. At least one port would have been nice. In contrast to the Compaq Presario CQ57-303SG, the CQ58-148SG has gained an HDMI port.

Left: VGA out, Ethernet port, HDMI, USB 2.0, microphone in, headphone out, memory card reader
Left: VGA out, Ethernet port, HDMI, USB 2.0, microphone in, headphone out, memory card reader
Right: Kensington lock slot, power socket, 2x USB 2.0, DVD burner
Right: Kensington lock slot, power socket, 2x USB 2.0, DVD burner

Communication

Ralink's WLAN module "RT5390R" is in our test device and supports the 802.11 b/g/n standards. The laptop is a bit disappointing when it comes to Ethernet. HP merely installs a Fast Ethernet chip. Nowadays, a Gigabit Ethernet chip should actually be standard - even in low-budget laptops. The device does not support Bluetooth. For fans of Skype video calls, HP also installs a webcam in the display's bezel.

The webcam...
The webcam...
...takes poor pictures.
...takes poor pictures.

WLAN reception

The laptop's Wi-Fi reception varies strongly. We often only see one bar in Windows' indicator. The reason for this is found behind the maintenance cover. The Wi-Fi module is connected to the only available WLAN antenna. We observe this frequently in low-priced HP laptops - e.g. HP's 655 B6M65EA and Compaq Presario CQ57-303SG. Normally, Wi-Fi modules offer two and sometimes even three antennas. They should then also be used.

Accessories

The list of accessories is quite short: a quick start poster and a list of international telephone numbers for HP's support.

Operating System and Recovery

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) is pre-installed on the laptop when the customer receives it. There is no Windows 7 DVD included. The system can be restored via the recovery partition. This proves to be very simple because system recovery is launched by using the key combination "Alt" and "F11" right after booting the laptop. This allows the user to restore the laptop to factory settings.

The recovery partition is naturally of no use when the hard disk is to be replaced with another model, such as a solid state drive. In this case, an installation DVD would be necessary for re-installing Windows 7. One of our news articles (German) reveals how the user can get a Windows 7 DVD - for free.

You can order a recovery DVD from HP.
You can order a recovery DVD from HP.

The user can alternatively purchase a recovery DVD for the laptop from HP. The advantage of a recovery DVD in contrast to an installation DVD is the recovery DVD contains all drivers and programs that are installed on the laptop ex-factory. The system can be set up on a new hard disk much faster via the recovery DVD. The recovery DVD for our test device costs 38.08 Euros (~$49) and can be ordered here.

Tip: Deleting additional, superfluous software - Clean Install

The laptop's recovery system enables a clean installation, i.e. only the operating system, drivers and selected software is installed. This way, any software HP installs additionally can be deleted easily.

Tip 2: Cash back on Windows 8 upgrade

Hewlett Packard refunds 15 Euros (~$19) if you invest this amount and purchase the upgrade to Windows 8 to be released in October 2012. How this works can be read on HP's corresponding website.

Maintenance

Two maintenance covers are found on the laptop's bottom and allow accessing the hard disk, RAM, BIOS battery and Wi-Fi module. The fan cannot be accessed. The laptop sports two working memory banks whereas only one is occupied (4 GB). Consequently the device can easily be upgraded to 8 GB without ado. This is also the maximum supported amount of working memory. The installed hard disk can also be exchanged by another model just as easily. Simply remove the retaining screw, take off the plate, fasten the new hard disk to the hard disk cage and insert the hard disk into the laptop again.

Warranty

You can view the available Care Packs on HP's website.
You can view the available Care Packs on HP's website.

Hewlett Packard includes a 12-month collect & return warranty on the laptop. In case of damage, the laptop is picked up from the customer and also returned to him. The standard warranty can be extended via HP's Care Packs. The customer can choose among four Care Packs for the Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG. Upgrades to a two or three-year collect and return warranty cost roughly 50 to 60 Euros (~$64 to $77), respectively 80 to 100 Euros (~$103 to $129). The buyer can view all available Care Packs on HP's website and also purchase it right away. Alternatively, the Care Packs can be bought in various online shops.

Input Devices

Keyboard

HP equips the Presario CQ58-148SG with a conventional laptop keyboard without a number pad. The keys feature a clear pressure point and a normal stroke. The keyboard yields a bit under pressure - more in the upper area than in the lower area. The LEDs implemented in the Wi-Fi and caps lock keys prove to be very useful as they indicate whether caps lock or Wi-Fi is enabled or disabled.

Touchpad

The touchpad is 9.8 x 4.8 cm (3.9 x 1.9 inches) and is lowered. It's slightly pimpled surface does not impair the finger from gliding. The touchpad supports multi-touch gestures, such as pinch-to-zoom. Clever: When tapping in a recess located in the left upper corner, the touchpad can be enabled or disabled. Both mouse keys are below the touchpad and feature a clearly audible and palpable pressure point as well as a low drop. The keys fit tight and do not clatter.

The keyboard does not feature a number pad.
The keyboard does not feature a number pad.
The touchpad supports multi-touch gestures.
The touchpad supports multi-touch gestures.
White or red light: Wi-Fi is enabled or disabled
White or red light: Wi-Fi is enabled or disabled

Display

Like in HP's prior Compaq Presario CQ57-303SG, HP installs a 15.6 inch screen sporting a native resolution of 1366x768 into its Presario CQ58-148SG. LEDs illuminate the glossy-type screen. Screens with other features are not available for HP's laptop.

The screen's average brightness of 186.7 cd/m2 is at best in the midfield. Its precursor and Lenovo's B570e-N2F23GE exhibit even somewhat poorer rates with 175.9 cd/mand 178.4 cd/m2.

199
cd/m²
180
cd/m²
181
cd/m²
187
cd/m²
188
cd/m²
189
cd/m²
191
cd/m²
178
cd/m²
187
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 199 cd/m²
Average: 186.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 188 cd/m²
Black: 1.24 cd/m²
Contrast: 152:1
HP Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG vs. sRGB
HP Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG vs. sRGB
HP Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG vs. AdobeRGB
HP Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG vs. AdobeRGB

The black value of 1.24 cd/m2 is at best also located in the midfield. The contrast ratio of 152:1 is at the lower end. Both rates could be better but are still within the expected field for a laptop from this low price range. HP's Compaq Presario CQ57-303SG and Lenovo's B570e-N2F23GE both manage a slightly better black value of 1.1 cd/m2 and 0.9 cd/m2. The same is true for their contrast ratios of 175:1 and 202:1. The screen reproduces neither the sRGB nor AdobeRGB color space. However, this is not a problem since these color spaces are only required in the professional picture and graphics field.

This is not the right laptop if you are looking for a device for regular outdoor use. The screen's low brightness and its glossy display make outdoor use virtually impossible. The laptop can at most be used in shady places without direct sunlight.

HP's Compaq CQ58-148SG delivers exactly what is expected from a laptop from this price range in viewing angle stability. The image distorts soon when the vertical viewing angle is changed. In return, the horizontal viewing angle is much more generous.

HP's Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG outdoors
HP's Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG outdoors
Viewing angles: HP Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG.
Viewing angles: HP Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG.

Performance

HP's Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG belongs to the office device category. It is to cope with routine tasks such as Internet browsing, Internet communication, office tasks, playing DVDs and rendering Internet videos. HD videos can also be played without ado on the laptop. We tested playback using a Full HD video (1920x1080 pixels) and H.264 encoding. The processor's average capacity ranged around 25 percent (measured using DXVA Checker) and the video was rendered smoothly. The same is true for YouTube videos that exist in the aforementioned format. Thus, the laptop can be used as a video player in your living room. It can render all common formats, does it quietly and bids a HDMI port.

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System information: HP Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG

Processor

Our test device is powered by Intel's Pentium B950 processor. The CPU sports two cores and comes from the Sandy Bridge generation. The processor clocks with a speed of 2.1 GHz, but does not feature Turbo. The CPU's full clock was always available during our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run simultaneously). We did not observe throttling. The GPU also clocks at full speed (1100 MHz). The CPU's behavior does not change on battery power, but the GPU permanently clocks at 650 MHz.

The CPU's full clock speed was also permanently available during the Cinebench tests. The test scores are on the expected level. A Compal Barebone that we equipped with a Pentium 950 was used for comparison. Even Lenovo's B570e-N2F23GE (Intel Pentium B960Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)) is on a par with the Presario CQ58-148SG. The marginally faster processor virtually is unnoticed.

HP's Compaq Presario CQ57-303SG (AMD E-450AMD Radeon HD 6320) cannot keep up with the Presario CQ58-148SG in Cinebench's CPU benchmarks. The CPU part of the AMD E450 APU is clearly inferior to the CPU part of Intel's Pentium 950 processor. The Compaq Presario CQ57-303SG cannot excel in Cinebench 10's GL test either. In return, it clearly wins Cinebench R11.5's GL benchmark. Cinebench R11.5's GL test is considerably GPU heavier than Cinebench 10's GL test. This explains the different results. AMD's Radeon HD 6320 GPU can first exhibit its strengths in Cinebench R11.5.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2730
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
5255
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
2427
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
3327 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
6552 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
2538 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.63 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
7.15 fps
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Cinebench R11.5
OpenGL 64Bit
HP Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), B950, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
7.15 fps ∼7%
Compal Barebone
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), B950, Hitachi Travelstar 5K500 HTS545025B9SA02
5.98 fps ∼5% -16%
HP Compaq Presario CQ57-303SG
Radeon HD 6320, E-450, Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M500MBB
8.42 fps ∼8% +18%
Lenovo B570e-N2F23GE
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), B960, WDC Scorpio Blue WD3200BPVT-24JJ5T0
7.12 fps ∼6% 0%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), B950, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
1.63 Points ∼9%
Compal Barebone
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), B950, Hitachi Travelstar 5K500 HTS545025B9SA02
1.63 Points ∼9% 0%
HP Compaq Presario CQ57-303SG
Radeon HD 6320, E-450, Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M500MBB
0.62 Points ∼4% -62%
Lenovo B570e-N2F23GE
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), B960, WDC Scorpio Blue WD3200BPVT-24JJ5T0
1.67 Points ∼9% +2%

System Performance

The subjective routine work speed is satisfactory. However, the impression is negative due to the slow speed and access time of the hard disk. Starting applications is always a bit sluggish. A faster hard disk would remedy this. The PCMark test results are on the expected level. The Compaq Presario CQ57-303SG is clearly defeated. We notice the much weaker CPU part of AMD's E-450 APU that cannot compete with the CPU part of Intel's Pentium B950 processor.

4.5
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
5.9
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.5
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
5.8
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage3788 points
PCMark 71700 points
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Storage Devices

HD Tune
HD Tune
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark

HP equips the Presario CQ58-148SG with a Toshiba hard disk (MQ01ABD032). The hard disk features a storage capacity of 320 gigabytes and spins with 5400 revolutions per minute. The average transfer speed of 61.9 MB/s is in the lower midfield of 5400 rpm hard disks. The same applies to the access rate of 17.1 ms. More would be possible here if the hard disk were replaced by a 7200 rpm model or a solid state drive.

Toshiba MQ01ABD032
Transfer Rate Minimum: 6.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 83.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 61.9 MB/s
Access Time: 17.1 ms
Burst Rate: 123.2 MB/s

Graphics Card

The GPU in the Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG also comes from Intel. The integrated Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) GPU supports DirectX 10.1. Intel has not given this GPU a more detailed label. It is based on Intel's HD Graphics 2000 chip and is the weakest GPU member that Intel currently has available. It is a downright entry-level GPU that lacks functions like Intel's Quick Sync (supports video converting and rendering).

The results of the various 3DMark tests are on a par with other laptops featuring Intel's HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) GPU as expected, e.g. Lenovo's B570e-N2F23GE (Intel Pentium B960, Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)). In the 3DMark tests, HP's Compaq Presario CQ57-303SG (AMD E-450AMD Radeon HD 6320) achieves slightly lower scores but it is the only one of the three laptops that can finish the 3DMark 11 benchmark. The reason: Intel's HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) GPU does not support DirectX 11.

3D Mark
3DMark 036442 points
3DMark 054832 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
2509 points
3DMark Vantage953 points
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Gaming Performance

As can be gathered in view of the low purchase price, the laptop is not suitable for ambitious computer gamers. Sophisticated 3D games cannot really be played smoothly. The frame rates of the games we tested are simply too low for that. You could venture a game in the lowest resolution and quality settings. Less demanding games, such as FIFA 12 and FIFA 13, can be played on the laptop quite smoothly.

low med.high ultra
StarCraft 2 (2010) 60.0812.388.26fps
Fifa 13 (2012) 65.939.619.1fps

Emissions

System Noise

Like the Compaq Presario CQ57-303SGHP's Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG is a laptop that operates fairly quietly over the entire load range. We measure a noise level of 31.3 dB(A) at idle. It increases to 36 dB(A) during load (Prime95 and FurMark run simultaneously). When the DVD burner is used during idle mode, the laptop reaches a noise level of 35.5 dB(A).

Noise Level

Idle 31.1 / 31.1 / 31.1 dB(A)
HDD 31 dB(A)
DVD 35.5 / dB(A)
Load 31.1 / 36 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

HP's Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG in the stress test
HP's Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG in the stress test

HP's Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG does not work up a sweat. We recorded acceptable temperatures while idling. The laptop reached temperatures ranging from 24 to 28 degrees Celsius on both the top and bottom. These temperatures enabled pleasant working and it was possible to place the device on the lap. The temperatures ranged between 26 and 36 degrees Celsius during full load (Prime95 and FurMark run simultaneously). However, the battery's temperature reached 44 degrees Celsius on the bottom. The wrist rest's temperatures were clearly below 30 degrees Celsius.

The CPU's full clock speed of 2.1 GHz was available on battery power as well as in AC mode in our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run simultaneously for at least one hour). The GPU ran consistently at 1100 MHz in AC mode and 650 MHz on battery power. The temperatures settled to 62 degrees Celsius.

Max. Load
 31 °C35.8 °C28.7 °C 
 34.5 °C35.2 °C27.6 °C 
 28.2 °C27.6 °C26.7 °C 
Maximum: 35.8 °C
Average: 30.6 °C
27 °C44 °C36.1 °C
25.6 °C35.7 °C33.3 °C
26 °C28.7 °C28.3 °C
Maximum: 44 °C
Average: 31.6 °C
Power Supply (max.)  52 °C | Room Temperature 22.2 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

Both stereo speakers are located on the laptop's bottom. They produce a pleasant sound although they lack bass. The speakers are more than sufficient for an office laptop. If the sound does not satisfy you, it is always possible to connect external speakers or headphones.

Battery Life

Power Consumption

The Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG is quite energy-efficient when idling. We measured a consumption of 8.5 to 11.7 Watts in idle mode. Thus, the power consumption is on a par with similar laptops such as Lenovo's B570e-N2F23GE (Intel Pentium B960Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)). The laptop proved to be a bit too power hungry during full load (Prime95 and FurMark run simultaneously) with a consumption of 48 Watts. Lenovo's B570e-N2F23GE only consumes 41.8 Watts. It looks pretty much the same during medium load (3DMark 06): Lenovo's B5703-N2F23GE only needs 31.9 Watts while the Presario CQ58-148SG consumes 34.1 Watts. HP's Compaq Presario CQ57-303SG (AMD E-450AMD Radeon HD 6320) power consumption is clearly lower than that of the two named laptops. That is no surprise because the laptop sports a low consumption AMD APU that is designed for netbooks.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.2 / 0.4 Watt
Idle 8.5 / 11.5 / 11.7 Watt
Load 34.1 / 48 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

In Battery Eater's Reader's test, HP's Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG managed a runtime of 6:01h when idling (B570e: 6:47h, CQ57-303SG: 7:24h). The screen is set to minimum brightness, the energy-savings profile is enabled and the wireless modules (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) are disabled. The Presario CQ58-148SG achieved a runtime of 1:26h during load (B570e: 1:16h, CQ57-303SG: 2:05h). Battery Eater's Classic test is used for the load test. For this, we set the screen to maximum brightness and enable the high-performance profile and wireless modules.

The Wi-Fi test ran for 4:18h on a charged battery (B570e: 3:57h, CQ57-303SG: 5:12h). Websites are automatically opened every 40 seconds via a script in this test. Energy-saving mode is enabled and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m2. The CQ58-148SG lasted for 3:51h in the DVD test (B570e 3:29h, CQ57-303SG: 3:54h). That is enough to watch two movies. For the DVD test, the wireless modules are disabled, the screen is set to maximum brightness and the energy-savings mode or a higher profile is used (in case the DVD is not rendered smoothly). The battery life of the three devices can be compared well with each other since they all use a battery with an almost identical capacity (HP's laptops: 47 Wh, Lenovo: 48 Wh).

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
6h 01min
WiFi Surfing
4h 18min
DVD
3h 51min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 26min

Verdict

At the time of the review, a few online shops had the laptop on special for approximately 320 Euros (~$411). For this price, you get a laptop that manages all routine applications reliably and always runs quietly while doing so. Even the battery life is acceptable. Moreover, the buyer has the option of upgrading to Windows 8 for free. As in most low-budget laptops, you have to live with an at best average screen in HP's laptop. Furthermore, there is no Gigabit Ethernet or USB 3.0 available. If you are currently looking for a cheap as possible laptop and can live with these restrictions, HP's Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG will not be a mistake.

What's more, if you are willing to spend eighty to ninety Euros (~$103 to $116) more for a warranty upgrade, you will get a laptop including Windows 7 or Windows 8 and a three-year warranty for approximately 400 Euros (~$514). This would be a good deal in view of the value for money aspect.

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Specifications

HP Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM70 (Panther Point)
:: Memory
4096 MB, DDR3
:: Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), Core: 350-1100 MHz, 8.15.10.2653
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, LG Philips LP156WH4-TLC1, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Toshiba MQ01ABD032, 320 GB 5400 rpm
:: Soundcard
Intel Panther Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
3 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Mikrofoneingang, Kopfhörerausgang, Card Reader: SD, MMC,
:: Networking
Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller 10/100 (10MBit), Ralink RT5390R 802.11b/g/n 1x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (b g n )
:: Optical drive
HP DVD RW DS-8A8SH
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 31.3 x 376 x 247
:: Weight
2.45 kg Power Supply: 0.239 kg
:: Battery
47 Wh Lithium-Ion
:: Price
349 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: HD-Webcam, Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Norton Internet Security (60 trial version), Cyberlink YouCam, Magic Desktop, Skype, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, Windows Live Essentials 2011

 

The DVD drive reads and writes every kind of DVD or CD.
The DVD drive reads and writes every kind of DVD or CD.
and has a capacity of 47 Wh.
and has a capacity of 47 Wh.
The battery weighs 294 grams
The battery weighs 294 grams
...you can take out the DVD drive.
...you can take out the DVD drive.
When this screw is removed...
When this screw is removed...
Only one Wi-Fi antenna is available.
Only one Wi-Fi antenna is available.
The hard disk and BIOS battery can be exchanged.
The hard disk and BIOS battery can be exchanged.
The notebook has two RAM banks.
The notebook has two RAM banks.
Two maintenance covers are on the bottom.
Two maintenance covers are on the bottom.
The main keys have a size of 16 x 16 mm.
The main keys have a size of 16 x 16 mm.
The PSU weighs 239 grams and provides a maximum of 65 watts.
The PSU weighs 239 grams and provides a maximum of 65 watts.

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Pro

+Low purchase price
+Free Windows 8 upgrade
+Always runs quietly
 

Cons

-No USB 3.0
-Moderate screen
-Fast Ethernet only

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What we like

The quiet operating noise and the good value for money ratio.

What we'd like to see

USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, a better screen.

What surprises us

You get a good Office laptop even for a price of just over EUR 300 - including Windows 7 operating system and enough performance for most computer users.

The competition

Lenovo B570e-N2F23GE, Sony Vaio VPC-EH3C0E/W, Lenovo IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE, Lenovo G585-M8325GE, HP 655 B6M65EA, Acer TravelMate 5744Z-P624G50Mikk, Samsung RV515-S03DE, Acer Aspire 5250-E304G50Mnkk, HP 630-LH384EA, Acer Aspire 5750Z-4217, Toshiba Satellite C655-S5542.

Rating

HP Compaq Presario CQ58-148SG
09/24/2012 v3
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
75%
Keyboard
78%
Pointing Device
80%
Connectivity
62%
Weight
82%
Battery
84%
Display
69%
Games Performance
56%
Application Performance
83%
Temperature
88%
Noise
92%
Add Points
77%
Average
77%
79%
Office *
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Author: Sascha Mölck, 2012-10- 2 (Update: 2013-06- 6)