HP Pavilion dv2: Netbook or notebook?

HP Pavilion dv2: Netbook or notebook?

Summary: If Goldilocks was in the market for a laptop, she might pick the new HP Pavilion dv2. It's not too big, and not too small.

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If Goldilocks was in the market for a laptop, she might pick the new HP Pavilion dv2. It's not too big, and not too small. It sits between the large and expensive notebooks, and the small-screened netbooks -- it's just right. Announced at CES this past January, the 12.1-inch dv2 recently hit reviewers' hands, giving us a preview of what's soon to come.

The dv2 has a 1.6Hz Advanced Micro Devices processor, but it's the first system to use AMD's new Netbook-like Athlon Neo platform. The Neo is meant to be a move up from netbook CPUs by providing extra processing power. Other netbook systems, like the Intel Atom or Via Nano, are meant for smaller systems -- 9-inch and 10-inch laptops -- but the Neo is intended for larger laptops, like the 12-inch dv2.

The downfall of having a larger processor is the steeper price. Unlike many of the netbooks out there, which start at around $300, the HP will be charging $749. But, if you haven't gathered already, the dv2 is not a netbook. It offers more features, and sits comfortably in the notebook range. Still, it's a relatively low price for a laptop.

The larger-than-netbook screen offers 720p HD resolution. The dv2 comes standard with 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. At only 3.8-pounds and just 0.93-inches thin, it's lighter than a lot of notebooks. Unfortunately, it's only compatible with Windows Vista, and not XP.

The exact release date is still unknown, but check back for a full review. You can also call ahead and reserve one through HP's Web site.

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • If it's anything like the AMD Turions

    Then I'd say it's a Notebook.

    Turion64x2 is a screamer but keep an eye on the condition of your heatsink/fan after about a year's use.

    I had to crack open my HP Pavilion dv2000z and replace mine, and it's back to being as cool as a cucumber.

    If your palm resting on the keyboard feels hot, then you may be in for trouble--check your warranty.
    no_zd_user_name
  • RE: HP Pavilion dv2: Netbook or notebook?

    That might just be the machine I am looking for, provided it has a matte or non-reflective screen as opposed to picking up on the idiotic trend of fitting notebooks with the horrible glossy reflective displays that are completely unsuable in other than completely dark environments.
    xenophanes
  • RE: HP Pavilion dv2: Netbook or notebook?

    Is this steaming piece of cheap black plastic running
    windows? say no more.
    cameljockey
  • Why can't they manage a better keyboard?

    The dv3510nr's arrangement would fit with little alteration.
    Gaius_Maximus