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HP Pavilion dv2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 226 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the keyboard and screen. The design and value for money also get good opinions, but the sound and touchpad get less positive opinions. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability and performance.

portability, value for money, design, screen, keyboard

battery, touchpad, 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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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.

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HP Pavilion dv2-1003AX Laptop

 

Ultra-portable laptop manufacturers often try their best to cram as many features as they can in their products. HP is no exception, and this time around they have something more to offer than just a lightweight laptop and thin form factor.

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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...

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HP Pavilion dv2

 

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.

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HP Pavilion dv2 - Review of the HP Pavilion dv2

 

Good performance for the price, Above-average graphics power, Sleek design, Great display and loud speakers

Short battery life, Keyboard not full size, Display sits higher than other 12.1-inch notebooks, Runs very warm

We have mixed feelings about the silver touchpad, too. The mirrored design looks cool, but it takes more effort than we'd like to move the cursor exactly where you want it say, a link on a Web page as well as to activate the scroll function on the...

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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.

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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...

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HP Pavilion dv2 (1030-us)

 

Take away the brand logos and you'll see the striking design similarities between the dv2 and the Dell Mini 12. They have roughly the same dimensions: the dv2 measures 11.5 by 9.5 by-0.9 inches, and the Mini 12 is slightly thinner at 11.8 by 9-by 0.8...

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

The HP Pavilion dv2 (1030-us) is a more powerful and louder version of the Dell Inspiron Mini 12, and it's aimed at the frugal shopper.

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HP Pavilion dv2-1030us (Staples)

 

At 3.8 pounds, the dv2-1030us is fit for travel, though it is heavier than the MSI X340 (2.9 pounds) and the Acer AS3810t (3.6 pounds), both of which have bigger screens and larger dimensions. Granted, the dv2 weighed in with a bigger 53-Wh battery,...

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

As the netbook category grows and Intel's consumer ultra-low voltage class rolls in, HP's ultraportable Pavilion dv2-1030us is being pushed out of the game faster than it came in.

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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...

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 Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:512KB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:9.4in
Height:1.3in
Weight:3.7lbs/4lbs
Width:11.5in

Display (Projector)

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

Environmental Standards

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

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:United States
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Hewlett-Packard
Model:Dv2-1030us Entertainment/Dv2-1039wm Entertainment/Dv2-1110us Entertainment
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP Pavilion

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Touchpad / Keyboard

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:1600MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Black
Refurbished:Remarketed

Modem

Type: None

Networking

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
Type:Network adapter
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 Storage

Type:DVD

OS Provided

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

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.6GHz
Manufacturer:AMD
Processor Number:MV-40
Type:Athlon Neo

RAM

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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /90 days warranty

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

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