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HP Pavilion dv2 Low Cost Laptop under Test: The First Review


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HP Pavilion dv2 ultra thin laptop is the first one in the category of low cost laptops powered by AMD Neo or Intel CULV processors.

AMD Athlon Neo processor is more powerful and pricier than the Atom CPU used in netbooks and less powerful and cheaper than the Intel ULV Core 2 Duo and SU processors used in expensive Ultra portable laptops made for corporate users like ThinkPad X200s.

HP Pavilion dv2 starts from Sub-$700.

Geek.com could have its hands on a HP dv2 with the price tag of $749 and feature set of “AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 320GB 5400RPM disk, Bluetooth, and a/b/g/n WiFi, discrete ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410 with up to 2302MB total graphics memory and 512MB dedicated, 12.1-inch display with 1280×800, a USB DVD burner (with LightScribe), a SIM card slot and mobile broadband, but the feature currently does not work and Vista Home Premium.”

The folks there like the laptop as a full standard ultra portable notebook not a low-end powered secondary mobile device like netbooks. They think that dv2 has shown performance and built-in better than was written on the paper! The biggest competitor of DV2 is the 12-inch Samsung NC20 netbook powered by VIA Nano processor with the price tag of $550. (However, I think the other rivals could be MSI X-Slim 340 laptop too).

Here I am mentioning a runtime of the review. But you can read the whole review here. Unfortunately there is no accurate test done on this laptop to get more images about its overall performance and graphics capacity.


- A very well built laptop

- Cool design and the exterior is scratch resistant

- It is a full versatile notebook not a secondary mobile device

- It can play Blu-ray video through its external DVD burner and is plugged to the notebook via a USB DVD burner

- “a thin, reasonably light system with”; highly portable

-“enough power to handle almost all mobile tasks”

- The discrete graphics is able to play casual games and some intensive games at small resolutions

- It sports a HDMI port and three USB ports, a card reader

- It comes with a standard keyboard with plastic keys with good feedback.


- It picks up the fingerprints and dust easily

- lacks an ExpressCard slot and optical drive

- It is warm while doing the general tasks

- The 6-cell battery lasts for 4 hours not 7 hours mentioned on paper! (Surely the battery life will be more if the graphics card was integrated)

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