Sunday, August 5, 2007

Here are the Specs (Welcome Circuit City shoppers!)

This computer is featured on the front page of this week's Circuit City circular ad, for $450 after a $30 mail-in rebate. Welcome Circuit City shoppers! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them. Check all my previous posts on the right-hand column.

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Here is a recap of the specifications of this computer, the Compaq Presario F572 US:

  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 TK-53 processor (dual core 1.7GHz processor)
  • 1gb DDR2 memory (RAM)
  • 15.4" widescreen WXGA display
  • 80gb hard disk drive, 5400rpm
  • CD and DVD burner, super-multi-format: DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, and DVD-RAM. The "super" stands for DVD-RAM support. Multi stands for both DVD-RW and DVD+RW. Also support double layer (not to be confused with dual layer)
  • NVidia GeForce Go 6150 graphics card (shared video memory)
  • Three USB ports (two on the left, one on the right)
  • Battery life (based on my experience so far): Between 2 to 2.5 hours as configured out of the factory. You can increase it by tweaking the settings, or using an external monitor and things like that
  • Built-in 802.11 b/g wireless. Physical switch to turn OFF wireless for extra protection
  • Ethernet and phone input jacks
  • S-Video output
  • Analog input for connecting to an external monitor
  • Headphones out and audio in
  • Built-in Altec Lansing stereo speakers
  • place to hook a security lock (I forgot the actual name)
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Software bundled: Roxio basic edition, Norton Internet Hogware Security (with 60 days of free updates), 60-day trial of Microsoft Office, MS Works, Adobe Reader 9, Internet Exploder, Real Rhapsody, trial version of HP Games, three different DVD player programs, muVee auto producer basic edition, and of course the usual assortment of utilities included in the Vista Home Premium.
  • Windows Anytime Upgrade DVD (costs extra to upgrade to a higher version of Windows)

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    It does NOT have
  • Built-in Memory card reader
  • Built-in Card slot for external cards
  • Built-in Video inputs / TV card
  • Built-in webcam
  • Recovery discs (you have to make them yourselves, or request them from their support; see my post on the right column on how to make them, it's easy but takes time)


    mikeydrun said...

    just bought the F572US from Circuit City.

    Pretty happy so far. Do you have any plans to upgrade the RAM?

    High Tech User Reviews said...

    Congratulations on the purchase! Thanks for the comment!

    I may upgrade the RAM later on, but not in the near future. I still haven't done a lot of performance tweaks yet.

    But then again there is no such thing as too much RAM for Vista :)