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HP Pavilion dv2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 213 reviews of HP Pavilion dv2. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviews about the usability and design are generally positive. The price and portability also get good feedback, whereas the touchpad and reliability get mixed opinions. There are some critical opinions about the sound and energy efficiency.

performance, portability, price, design, usability

battery, energy, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP Pavilion dv2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for HP Pavilion dv2


alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of HP Pavilion dv2 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on People really like the screen and design. The size and performance are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the reliability. Views about the price and battery are different.

portability, performance, size, design, screen


80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Pavilion dv2-1010ea 12.1-inch Notebook, with AMD Athlon Neo Processor for Ultrathin Notebooks MV-40, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, Ethernet, WLANHP Pavilion dv2-1010ea 12.1-inch Notebook, with AMD Athlon Neo Processor for Ultrathin Notebooks MV-40, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, Ethernet, WLAN

Jun, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for HP Pavilion dv2


alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 user reviews of HP Pavilion dv2 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers are impressed by the design and size. The price and portability also get good feedback. Comments about the battery and usability are mixed. Some have doubts about the sound and durability.

performance, portability, price, size, design

reliability, durability, sound

76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Pavilion DV2-1030US 12.1-Inch LaptopHP Pavilion DV2-1030US 12.1-Inch Laptop

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Cisco Cheng (

HP Pavilion dv2-1030us (Staples)


The HP Pavilion dv2-1030us (Staples) and its AMD Neo processor are being outpaced and outclassed by Intel netbooks and ultraportables alike.

Has 4GB of memory. Better graphics chipset than a netbook. External optical drive included. HDMI-out port.

Short battery life for a 12-inch ultraportable. Fan noise is constant. 92-percent keyboard. Slightly smaller battery than the last dv2 unit we reviewed. Expensive.

A full-size keyboard would have improved the dv2's standing against other 12- and 13-inch ultraportables. Alas, it only has a 92-percent keyboard found on netbooks, including the Dell Mini 12. Just two months ago, a 12-inch laptop could be forgiven for...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

HP Pavilion dv2 review


When we first saw the 12-inch HP Pavilion dv2 at CES 2009 , we noted that, "at first glance, another glossy HP laptop with an AMD processor may induce yawns, but when we learned this was the first system to use AMD's new Netbook-like Athlon Neo...

First laptop to use new AMD Athlon Neo CPU; best-looking budget 12-inch laptop we've seen; 4GB of RAM.

Netbook-style performance at mainstream-laptop prices; no internal optical drive; unimpressive battery life.

HP's slick-looking 12-inch Pavilion dv2 carves out a niche between entry-level Netbooks and expensive ultraportables.

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Cisco Cheng (

HP Pavilion dv2 (1030-us)


The Neo-powered HP Pavilion dv2 has all the makings of a big-screen netbook.

Thin form factor. More horsepower than an Intel Atom processor. 4GB of memory. 3D-capable graphics chipset. Very travel friendly. One of the cheapest 12-inch ultraportables. HDMI-out port.

Parts run really warm. Fan noises are a direct result of the heat. Battery life needs improvement.

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Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Darren Gladstone (

HP Pavilion dv2 Laptop Review


Slim, smart profile; great touchpad ; Flexible and affordable

Tinny sound ; Keys could be a bit bigger

The dv2 carves out a solid niche between netbook and notebook by delivering good performance at a reasonable price.

Apr, 2009

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HP Pavilion dv2-1030us


More affordable than a traditional ultraportable notebook and more powerful and stylish than your typical netbook, the HP Pavilion dv2-1030us has a lot to offer for a reasonable $749. This 12.1-inch machine is the first laptop powered by AMD's new...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Tobias Winkler (

Review HP Pavilion dv2 Subnotebook


Subnotebook, Netbook or Something in between? AMD has given the s

Chic, noble styling; Good connection distribution; Low temperature emissions; Good keyboard; Ultra-bright display; Hardware switch for the touchpad and network; Stable chassis

Noise emission under load; Touchpad needs getting used to; Very care-intensive case surface; Merely basic interfaces; Meager supply array; Current high price

That the Athlon Neo MV-40 is only economically suitable to an extent.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Jerry Jackson (

HP Pavilion dv2 Review


What might look like a giant beefy hinge for the 12-inch display is actually a standard 6-cell battery with a small hinge on either side of this thin and light laptop. The plastic covered, alloy-reinforced lid features a glossy black finish that looks...

Excellent value ; Impressive graphics performance ; Good speakers (see below) ; Optional Blu-ray drive works extremely well ; Lots of RAM and storage ... and easy to upgrade ; Thin, light and well built

Battery life is OK but not the best ; No eSATA or ExpressCard for high-speed expansion ; Bad location for speakers ; Processor performance good but not great at multitasking

If you want to connect your laptop to your HDTV and watch 1080p video, the dv2 can handle it. If you want to edit high-resolution images in Photoshop while you're on vacation, the dv2z can handle it. If you want to play new video games and don't need...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Jerry Jackson (

HP Pavilion dv2 First Look Review


The newest 12-inch notebook from HP is no ordinary ultraportable. Featuring the new AMD Athlon Neo processor, the HP Pavilion dv2 promises to bridge the gap between low-performance netbooks and higher-priced ultraportable notebooks. This pint-sized...

One of the nice features found on HP touchpads is the touchpad on/off button. If you press the small button above the touchpad you can disable it ... perfect for people using an external mouse. Although the touchpad is quite nice I would have liked to...

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : Sal Cangeloso (

Review: HP dv2, take two


With all the talk about affordable 12-inch computers lately, it made sense to revisit HP's dv2. This, as you probably remember, is HP's not-a-netbook, thanks to the use of AMD processors and discrete graphics. Starting at $579 it's a compelling option...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Chip Chick (

HP Pavilion dv2 Review


I've been eyeing the HP Pavilion dv2 ever since it was announced at CES. Mostly because of its good looks and near netbook-like pricing. Also, it seemed like the dv2 could be the best of both worlds – an affordable ultraportable that is almost as...

Recently dropped in price, a litte more costly than a netbook- but much more value, excellent build quality, stylish design, great gaming performance for the money and form-factor, excellent display, better performance than your average netbook, lots...

Mouse trackpad isn't very responsive, trackpad buttons are difficult to push, keyboard has great tactile feedback but still feels somewhat cramped, lots of other new netbooks are coming out with 12.1 and even 13.3″ screens

The HP dv2 is the perfect laptop for the back to school season. Parents and students on a budget will appreciate its affordable price tag. Teens will love the dv2′s design and light weight form-factor, combined with its solid performance and multimedia...

Jul, 2009

Product Specifications

With its captivating performance, it'll engage you like never before. It is slim, light and ultra-portable for the ultimate mobile entertainment experience.


Audio system:3D Sound Blaster Pro / HD / SRS PS
Audio system direct 3D sound: Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Battery life (max):8
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4 / 6
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:512KB


Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Notebook

Dimensions & Weight



Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display Diagonal:12.1
Display Resolution:1280 x 800
Display Surface:Matt
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:12.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter power:65

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Silver


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.512
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 3410 / AMD Radeon X1250 / ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.896 / 1.278 / 1.79


Country Kits:United States
Model:Dv2-1030us Entertainment/Dv2-1039wm Entertainment/Dv2-1110us Entertainment
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP Pavilion

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Touchpad / Keyboard


Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Touchpad + Scroll zone
Windows keys: Yes


Data Bus Speed:1600MHz


Internal memory:2 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2
Memory upgrade:4




Type: None


3G: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Cabling technology:10/100Base-T(X)
Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100
Networking features:Ethernet, Fast Ethernet / Ethernet/Fast Ethernet
Networking Type:Ethernet 10/100BT
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Drive

LightScribe: Yes
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / No

Optical Storage


OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:3D Sound Blaster Pro
Graphics adapter family:AMD
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
TV in port: No
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wireless Technology:802.11 b/g / IEEE 802.11b/g / WLAN 802.11b/g

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:65


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.6GHz
Processor:L335 / MV-40
Processor cache:0.5 / 0.512
Processor cache type:L2
Processor cores:2
Processor family:AMD Athlon / AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core
Processor frequency:1.6
Processor model:L335 / MV-40
Processor Number:MV-40
Type:Athlon Neo

Processor special features

Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N


Installed Size:2GB/4GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM


Cable lock slot:N

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /90 days warranty


Bundled software:Microsoft Internet Explorer; Windows Mail; Adobe Reader; HP MediaSmart suite; Windows Media Player; Windows Photo Gallery; DVD Play; Windows Movie Maker; Cyberlink DVD Suite / Recovery CD/DVD creation tool\nSymantec Norton Internet Security 2009\nNotebook Help & Support\nHP MediaSmart Suite\nWindows Media Player\nWindows Photo Gallery\nDVD Play\nWindows Movie Maker, Windows DVD Maker\nCyberlink DVD Suite\nWindows Media center\nHP Total Care Advisor\nHP Games Console\nMicrosoft Internet Explorer\nWindows Mail\nAdobe Reader\nMicrosoft Works & Microsoft Office Home & Student 2007
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:32-bit
Operating system installed:Windows Vista Home Basic / Windows Vista Home Premium


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / MMC, SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:320
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:160 / 250 / 320 / 500

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:250GB/320GB/500GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Recommended Use:Home use

Video Memory

Installed Size:512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410

Weight & Dimensions

Height (front):0.933
Height (rear):1.29
Weight:3.62 / 3.75 / 3.81