Summary: Its massive battery extends awkwardly from the bottom of the laptop, but the HP Pavilion dv3-2155mx is an otherwise compact thin-and-light laptop that should get students to class and back on a single charge.
Pros: Nearly day-long battery life; compact design; includes small Media Center remote control; imprint finish helps it stand out from the laptop crowd.
Cons: Massive nine-cell battery is awkward and uncomfortable; lacks 802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet; glossy touch pad is uncomfortable.
Summary: Touching allowed. The Touch notebook can’t decide if it’s for entertainment or technology enthusiasts. An ATI Hybrid Graphics, strong Core i5, 7200 rpm HDD are all oriented toward performance. The hand input function rounds out the whole package.
Pros: Touch panel, Good application performance, Solid construction, Keyboard with good feedback, Useable runtimes, Hybrid graphics, Targeted touch input without recalibration.
Cons: TFT isn't anti-glare, Low contrasts, Relatively dark TFT, Smooth buttons, touch pad, Heavy weight, Limited gaming performance, Loud under load, always can be heard, Droning effect of the HDD, High idle power consumption, From every part. More brightness, more matte surfaces, more battery life, less system noise.
Summary: The HP Pavilion dv3 is a bit of an odd bird when it comes to an up-or-down recommendation. The performance is lacklustre on paper, but we didn't have any major holdups in everyday use. We didn't like the touchpad, which kept trying to second-guess our moves. Tweak that touch sensitivity enough - or just be extra careful while highlighting - and it shouldn't be a big a burden. But why should you have to wonder if it will be a burden in the first place?
Summary: The HP Pavilion dv3z has a lot going for it: a svelte design (even with the nine-cell battery); good looks; a bright, LED-backlit display; loud speakers, and good performance--with the exception of the sluggish hard drive. Although heavier, the $799 Gateway UC Series delivers decent performance and better battery life in an attractive package. However, if you prefer a slimmer and lighter design to longer endurance, the dv3z is the better choice.
Summary: The budget-minded HP Pavilion dv3 laptop gets a lot of things right in its design and delivers just the right amount of style - not to mention supplying all the right ports to get your multimedia mobilised.
Summary: Laptops with touchscreens are nothing new. Take HP's own TX2, for example, or Toshiba's excellent Portege M750. The TouchSmart dv3 trumps them all, however, by adding an iPhone-like multitouch panel to the latest revision of its 13.3in chassis. So can it triumph where other tablets have failed? In six years of finger-friendly computing, tablets have struggled to win the masses over.