Conclusion: The HP Pavilion dv2 with an AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 CPU and ATI X1270 graphic falls exactly into the aimed for gap between netbooks and subnotebooks, in regards to performance and configuration. Slim, chic and target group-orientated, HP presents us a thoroughly well-executed combination of performance and mobility.
Pros: Chic, noble styling, Good connection distribution, Low temperature emissions, Good keyboard, Ultra-bright display, Hardware switch for the touchpad and network, Stable chassis, The generally perfect complete package with unusual detail solutions in an elegant dress.
Cons: Noise emission under load, Touchpad needs getting used to, Very care-intensive case surface, Merely basic interfaces, Meager supply array, Current high price, A matt display, low noise emissions under load and a battery with a higher capacity.
Summary: Thereâ€™s a promising compact laptop at heart here, with better than netbook performance, a slightly bigger and higher resolution screen, and great keyboard. Sadly itâ€™s let down by very poor battery life, in a laptop that ought to run cooler and longer than it does with the AMD Neo CPU and ATI HD 3410 GPU chips currently installed. We await with interest how succeeding applications of AMDâ€™s Neo processor platform will fare.
Conclusion: What I did find a bit uncomfortable was the heat level on dv2- it gets warm. This is usually the case with ultra-portables as they have to pack much more power than a netbook in a comparable space. Because of the heat issue, the fan kicked in frequently as well producing a bit of a noise- especially if you’re in a quiet environment.
Summary: Whether the Pavilion dv2 is classified as a netbook, notebook, or budget ultraportable matters little. The system is certainly small enough, light enough, and thin enough to be considered an ultraportable, in my view. With an optical drive, a proper processor, discrete graphics, and a reasonable display resolution, the dv2 has everything one might expect from a notebook—and a lot more than you get with most netbooks.
Excerpt: AMD sent over an HP Pavilion dv2 for us to evaluate and I wanted to share some photos of it and my first thoughts. The HP Pavilion dv2 fits somewhere between a premium ultraportable and a netbook, sharing some characteristics of each. Netbooks are all the rage these days, but they’re not for everyone. While they are incredibly affordable and portable, many shoppers are turned off by their small displays, small keyboards and poor graphics performance.
Excerpt: The HP Pavilion dv2 delivers full notebook functionality in an attractive thin-and-light frame, and it’s very affordable. Multimedia buffs will appreciate this system’s dedicated ATI graphics solution, but its overall performance more closely resembles that of a netbook than an ultraportable notebook.
Pros: Affordable, Stylish thin-and-light form factor, Discrete graphics, Sizable hard drive
Cons: Loud, No internal optical drive, Cramped function keys, Weak ultraportable performance
Summary: In terms of design and performance, the HP Pavilion dv2-1030us represents a step up from most netbooks. Also, the LED display is sharp and the notebook handles high-definition content well both on the screen itself and when output via HDMI. You can even play some 3D games at a decent clip. However, while we can live with the somewhat cramped keyboard and above-average heat, the dv2’s short battery life will be a deal breaker for many potential buyers.
Pros: Good performance for the price, Above-average graphics power, Sleek design, Great display and loud speakers,
Cons: Short battery life, Keyboard not full size, Display sits higher than other 12.1-inch notebooks, Runs very warm,
AMD's Yukon Platform and the HP Pavilion dv2 Unveiled!
14 June 2011
Conclusion: No doubt that HP Pavilion dv2 is quite a beauty despite being a fingerprint magnet, and its slim build only furthers its appeal. Given the AMD Yukon platform specifications and the chipset's integrated Radeon X1250 graphics engine, we're more than certain that it's more powerful than the Intel Atom platform and thus all the mini-notebooks out in the market. However we're not quite yet convinced of AMD's proposition of an affordable ultra-thin notebook.