I once owned a Compaq desktop computer that I custom configured back in the day. This was all before HP gobbled them up. Today Compaq is a name we rarely talk about anymore. A new notebook that the company is offering is interesting not for the performance it offers, but for the price of the machine.
The notebook is the Compaq Presario CQ62Z and in its most basic configuration the 15.6-inch notebook carries a price tag more like a netbook than a notebook at $379.99. Sure, you can get the price up to nearly twice that mark. However, if a bargain machine with a standard notebook size screen is what you want you can get it here.
The base configuration uses an AMD V-Series V120 CPU running at 2.2GHz. Optional CPUs range from Athlon II parts up to 3-core Phenom II parts. RAM runs from 2GB to 4GB with storage options in 5400 and 7200 RPM from 250GB to 500GB. Graphics are from ATI with base machines getting HD 4250. The screen is LED backlit with a 1366 x 768 resolution and power comes from a 6-cell battery. That's not such bad hardware for the starting price.