Summary: The HP Pavilion dv5-2035dx is an AMD-based laptop that straddles the line between budget and mainstream laptops. We like the updated design and can tolerate the merely average performance, but the new touch pad is an exercise in frustration.
Pros: Attractive design; 14.5-inch size offers same resolution as 15.6-inch laptops while saving a bit of size and weight; awesome keyboard; above-average audio.
Cons: Touch pad with integrated mouse buttons is difficult to use; performance trails similarly priced Intel-based models; so-so battery life.
Summary: The HP Pavilion dv5-1002nr's good looks, useful feature set, and current discount price may allow you to overlook its middling performance, but its dreadful battery life might be the deal breaker.
Pros: Slick, modern design; touch-sensitive controls look cool; price is currently discounted at Best Buy; included HDMI and eSATA ports; dual headphone jacks.
Cons: Terrible battery life; below-average performance; glossy keyboard and touch pad don't provide the best feel; no FireWire, Bluetooth, or Draft N Wi-Fi.
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