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HP Pavilion dv2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 206 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. Reviewers really like the size and design. The price and portability also get good opinions. The sound and energy efficiency get critical views, and the touchpad and reliability get mixed comments.

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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 by: ( 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 Reviews about the screen and design are overall positive. The size and performance also get good feedback. There are mixed reviews on the price and battery. Many are less positive about the reliability.

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

Mar, 2017

Consumer review by: ( 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 People are impressed by the design and size. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas reviews about the battery and usability are mixed. There are some less positive reviews 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

Mar, 2017

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

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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: 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

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

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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.

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

TECHGAGE - Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Rob Williams (

HP dv2 12.1" Ultra-Portable Notebook


Finding a decently-sized notebook for an equally decent price can be tough, and it's for that reason that HP's dv2 is so intriguing. As a 12.1" offering, you'd expect it to cost more than $600, but not so. Equipped with AMD's Athlon Neo 64 and other...

What's not to like about an affordable 12.1" notebook ; Clean design and nice aesthetics ; Bright screen with crisp image quality ; Fair amount of peripheral connectivity ; Lightweight (<4lbs) ; Decent battery-life (3 hours) ; Good recovery software...

Incredible amount of "bloatware ; Factory restore takes three hours ; Occasional application stability issues ; Depending on workload, can run very warm after a while

As I mentioned on the first page of this article, the first time I saw the dv2 from HP, I was stoked. So stoked, that I vaguely remember trying to steal it from the meeting I was at. Either I don't remember completely because AMD beat me down, or I...

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 Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:512KB

Dimensions & Weight



Display Surface:Matt

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


Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.512
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


Data Bus Speed:1600MHz




Type: None


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


OS Provided

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


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.6GHz
Processor cache type:L2
Processor Number:MV-40
Type:Athlon Neo

Processor special features

Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No


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


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