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HP Pavilion dv2-1030us NoteBook AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 (1.60GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410 12.1" Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

  • AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 1.6G
  • 4GB Memory 320GB HDD
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
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  • John B.
  • 9/26/2009 12:38:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsThe best ultraportable around

Pros: -Slim, small frame, 4lbs is very light
-Very solid construction, enough could not be said about the strength and quality of this PC.
-1200x800 screen, great color and depth. Beautiful screen overall.
-Dedicated video (Radeon 3410) with 512MB of memory. Excellent for playing games.
-Long charging cable
-Excellent Performance using Windows 7 64 bit with the Turion Neo dual core processor.
-The perfect clicky keyboard that I love and would expect from a laptop. Solid, clicky,curved keys that feel good to type on, even for extended periods. Much better than a typical dell or even older HP keyboard.
-Abstract design on the inside cover - I really like the look of it.

Cons: -Finger Print magnet!
- Mirrored trackpad
-Ridiculous amount of bloatware on the stock OS (get 7)
-Somewhat mediocre battery life
-Glossy screen
-Large Bezel
-Generates a fair amount of heat
-Newegg model may not have the performance I experienced

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With that said I don't find these above cons to be cons really, but some things that the reader may want to consider when buying a notebook. Make an exception to the large bezel. Why not add an extra inch to make it 13" hp?

In relation to the heat - I updated the bios as soon as I installed windows 7, which is supposed to reduce heat and increase battery life. I have played graphically taxing games such as Mass Effect and Age of Empires III with the fan kicking out some pretty hot air, but not bothersome to me. (Especially in a minnesota winter)

Other Thoughts: When searching through netbooks and ultraportables alike I stumbled onto a notebook almost too good to be true..:

1.6GHz Turion Neo Dual core 1mb cache
4GB Ram
Radeon 3410 512MB video memory
250GB Hard drive

and all for $650. Thank you HP.com student discount.

It runs the latest games at medium to high settings with some tweaks. Mass Effect is running at a decent frame rate with medium/high specs on. GTA IV on the other hand is running slowly even on the lowest settings. World of Warcraft handles wonderfully with high settings, even when connected to a 1080p monitor. All games I have tested otherwise have worked beautifully, this notebook is gaming capable with my specs!

Overall the DV2 is in my opinion the only 12" notebook to buy in this price range. With solid construction and some really powerful hardware to boot, you can't pass up a deal like this.

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  • Richard S.
  • 9/17/2009 6:22:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsA step up

Pros: This is a Netbook Killer and carves a clear path between them and high priced ultraportables. I replaced my tweaked MSI Wind Netbook with this machine and I am very happy I did.
Great build quality
Beefed up performance
Gorgeous display and sexy design
Lightweight
Dedicated Video Card
external DVD
If you like the Netbook small form factor and lightweight design but need something with more computing oomph and multimedia capability, then this is the machine for you!! Havent gamed on it yet but have no doubt I can do anything I want that's not bleeding edge.

Cons: Vista is a given for suckage, But ..
The ONLY other real issue I have with the machine ... and for me as a compute in bed sort of guy so its and issue ... is the heat. It will get warm to almost hot but does have a good fan to handle it and I havent undervolted the CPU yet but plan to.

Other Thoughts: I got to this machine via my distaste for the 1024X600 Netbook display on my old machine and the sluggih performance. The increase in screen real estate to 12" and better performance is more than worth the extra few hundred bucks and additional pound and change.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/5/2009 1:37:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest 3d Netbook/ultraportable ever

Coming Soon!

Pros: Excellent battery life playing light 3d games.
AMD-V capable, so playing games in Virtualbox on XP works
Good graphics card-runs games like bioshock, devil may cry 4, last remnant, guild wars, etc. Even does autodesk inventor 64 bit, blender, cinnelerra and cyberlink director, corel painter and photoshop.
4 gb of ram makes my windows 7 install faster than my winxp desktop. Sadly, when I boot win7 on my desktop, it still runs fast than this laptop, but my desktop is a 2 thread Pentium 4 running at 3.0GHz. It also makes my Linux install computing heaven. Windows 7 installs straight up, and runs full aero amazingly well. Ubuntu installed with minimal issues and the wifi and gfx cards had proprietary drivers builtin. Screen is fairly high density which is perfect b/c my near sightedness allows me to pick out individual pixels and separations in lcds, and I can from numerous feet away see rgb dots on crts. This screen, you have to be really close to pick out pixels in an all white scree

Cons: I feel it is the best "netbook" you can buy, especially it is now $550 after rebate instead of the 650 mine was, it still has some flaws.

Gets really hot sometimes. -this can be fixed by undervolting the cpu. This is not like underclocking, it doesn't hinder performance, it just lowers power and heat usage.

Single core. This isn't a huge issue unless you are into moving huge files, listening to music, watching youtube, playing a game, reading your email, and taking over the world all at once kind of power user. The single core kills my brothers n270 based eeePC. -The fix for this would be to pay more and buy this machine with the dual core from HP. IMO, not neccasary. The single core bus speeds allow ram, hdd, gpu access more efficent, leaving you with pretty snappy feeling machine.

Glossy screen kills me. -The fix is to order a anti glare protector from Viewguard. Google them, its only a 15 protector, and it is precut, and static adhesive, not glue. works great.

Other Thoughts: All in all, the keyboard feels really good for being smaller than full size. Wifi is great. An extended battery that was thicker would be something I would pay money for, but alas, it does not exist. Webcam is vga, and quality is soso, I would say it's great for skype and pretty good for amateur youtube. Most pro youtubers use separate video cameras that do 720p and up. I do a little bit of everything with this computer. Everything from gaming to email, 3d animation, cad, virtualization and virtual clustering, video and audio editing, to just surfing the web. It is the best machine for a future college student. I keep mine in an HP neoprene sleeve that is made for the HDX16. It is just the right size to fit my Wacom Intuos3 6x8, my external burner, power brick and this. Now that I look I can see that these are sold out right now. If your search for a new machine have brought you to this one as an option, just go for it. You will be very happy. I know I am.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/4/2009 2:05:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsBeats a netbook

Pros: Great Size, RAM, HDD (I got the 500gb Version) Dedicated Video, LED Screen, AMD Neo, Battery Life is longer than a netbook, thin light and comes with external dual layer DVDRW.

Cons: Fingerprint Magnet! Single Core (there is a Dual Core Now)

Other Thoughts: If you arent a gamer just a casual internet and document person this laptop is awesome, if you are a gamer and need something to play mid level games this is it. It should be a given at this price and size its not a power house built to kill. I couldnt be happier in my choice, battery life while browsing is fine, sleep is killer left mine asleep for over 24hours still had 20% battery life (I used slightly in that time to browse few pages nothing heavy but enough to keep it from hibernate) You just cant go wrong even with the fingerprints this is an amazing machine with or with out dual core. I am more than happy with the single core, 4gb ram, 500gb hdd and 512mb dedicated video.

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  • David D.
  • 6/22/2009 2:03:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGreat little laptop if you want more than just a netbook

Pros: - Great aesthetics
- Small form factor
- Excellent specs (even more so if you wait for the dv2z with the dual core Athlon/Turion Neo)
- Comes with an external DVD writer
- discrete graphics in the form of an ATI 3410 HD

Cons: - touch pad scroller is inaccurate
- fingerprint magnet
- battery life is meager in comparison to netbooks
- single core
- can get rather hot

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for the portability of a netbook plus a little more, then the dv2 series is it. Looks really classy in regards to others within it's range and Windows 7 runs amazingly well on this thing.

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  • Wilson L.
  • 6/10/2009 4:35:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood computer, mediocre battery life

Pros: 1. size/weight makes this very easy to tote around
2. windows vista 64 is much better than expected, and with the release of vista 64 sp2, it is very stable
3. 4 gigs of ram, is great
4. 320 gb hd is better than any netbook
5. cost: decent price ... it is between a netbook and a laptop in terms of price
6. speed is noticeably faster than atom netbooks
7. discrete graphics and hdmi are awesome. i connect this thing to my hdtv all the time and stream hulu etc.
8. runs windows 7 just fine (dual boot)

Cons: 1. battery life - mediocre ... 3-4 hours at BEST
2. discrete graphics is decent, but not great. HD video is a little choppy at times, but playable (atom netbooks can't play 720p at all)
3. it gets pretty hot
4. the new dual core amd neos are out with faster discrete graphics. If i had to do it all over, i would DEFINITELY put down the extra cash to pick up the new dual core neo. i have a feeling that this would give that performance boost to watch smooth HD video. the single core is almost "there" so the dual core should be "there".
5. there's a lot of bloatware on here. just get rid of it, run the windows updates, download and run smartdefrag (its free) then do a deep optimization. this will improve your performance a great deal.

Other Thoughts: overall, I'm very happy with my purchase. i was looking for:
1. portability
2. hdmi and discrete video to play HD video
3. decent speed and multi-tasking ability (you won't be doing any heavy lifting on this thing, but it runs photoshop cs4 x64 just fine)

There are a lot more options on the horizon. the ion platform looks like it is going to delivery similar performance, but we'll just have to wait and see how the battery life is on the upcoming models from intel and amd. if you can't wait and need something now, i think the dual core pavilion dv2 with discrete graphics is the way to go.

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  • Steven S.
  • 5/24/2009 3:31:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat laptop for the price!

Pros: -Extremely solid construction, looks and feels really "expensive"
-Very lightweight and extremely thin
-Great power for the pricepoint
-Nice keyboard, trackpad, buttons
-Pretty screen
-Decent Battery life (3ish hours browsing)
-Snappy and responsive
-Can actually handle light gaming (source games, etc) albiet at low settings
-HDMI port is a real plus

Cons: -Can run a bit hot at times, but no hotness when browsing the web in power saver mode
-Single Core processor hurts, but it's not so bad!

Other Thoughts: I used to have an HP TX1215nr which was a dual core machine of the same screen size. It was a nice machine, but it felt cheap compared to this one. My primary reason for buying this machine is that I wanted to have something as portable (and this is moreso) but still able to do some light gaming on. Even though the processor isn't quite as fast as my old machine, the thing still feels snappy and responsive, as well as having decent graphical and multimedia capabilities. The HDMI port is just great.

This thing just overall is extremely solid construction-wise, and probably moreso than any sub-1000$ (and some post 1000$) laptops I have ever seen. I looked for awhile and pretty much gave up on getting a 12incher in the 700$ range with a dedicated video card... but then I found out about this beauty and had to have it.

I certainly don't regret it. Its way more than a netbook, its easily a full fledged laptop that can handle 1080p video and light gaming quite well. 5/5 for s

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/10/2009 8:24:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect

Pros: Magnesium Alloy Outer Shell and Frame
12" screen
Under 4 Pounds
Ati 3410 graphics with 512MB dedicated
4GB Ram
Vista Premium
Included external DVD burner
Nice Design
Can play most game without too much trouble
Large Track Pad
Easily upgradeable
Sweet

Cons: Can get warm, the sub one inch frame does not provide much cooling.
No Bluetooth
Battery life 3-4 hours.

Other Thoughts: My trip there to here:

Full Size Acer Laptop (slow and boring)
Asus eee 701 (awesome start for netbooks)
Aspire One 8.9" XP (bigger screen then 701, 120gb vs 4gb)
Lenovo S10 (bigger screen the aspire one, thinner)
Samsung NC10 (The best netbook, my did creak though)

DV2: I have finally found the one that handles all my needs. This ultra portable is sturdy, I have no worries about carrying this around. It is not much heavier then the Samsung NC10. Obviously the footprint is bigger, but not like you would think. Nice to have a full resolution screen instead of the normal 1024x600 I have been looking at.

For the price and what you get, this is a steal. The AMD Athlon 64bit Neo chip is no slouch. This will play 1080p no problem and with HDMI out you can watch on your TV.

Buy it now before HP figures out that they have under valued this notebook

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  • Trevor A.
  • 5/9/2009 7:12:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsthis thing owns!

Pros: -small
-lightweight
-portable
-comes with its own external CD/DVD drive
-512 dedicated graphics
-320GB HDD (swapping out for SSD)
-the high resolution for screen size (i am impressed)
-the best solution for the traveling gamer (or one who dosent want to lug around their 30+ lb machine)

i have played on this machine:
-Team Fortress 2
-Left For Dead
-Portal
-half-life 1,2,ep1,ep2
-css
-Age Of Empires 1-3
all of which are on the high settings. tested them for about 2 hours a piece...ran on both battery and on power, no performance loss that i could see.

Cons: that darn AMD chip, single core, almost unheard of. but it has superior performance to its intel counterpart (intel atom).

the processor soars to 100% and is locked before utalizing 2.5+gb of ram. so, its worthless to have 4gb. il get that fact.

Other Thoughts: if only if only there was a dual core version of this machine. i would not mind dropping an other 150-200 on it...i am used to that with my intel setup.

this is my first AMD machine. and i am impressed with the performance/size/price ratio.

bought it at a local retailer because it was on sale, and because i work there ^_^

its my first hp product as well. wish me luck!

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  • Scott W.
  • 4/27/2009 4:15:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice

Pros: Size
HD
Memory
Screen resolution very good
64-bit
Price (higher than netbook, but this is not a real netbook...)

Cons: Not dual core
Glossy everything, too glossy!

Other Thoughts: I was just about to buy one, but got a chance to test one out from a friend. Glad I did. I'll wait until they make a dual core Neo chip. The single core is unfortunately noticable in this machine. Not that it's slow, it's not, but modern software and 64-bit OSes are almost requiring dual cores or better CPU chips. That and a true portable machine should not have any glossy surfaces. No glossy paint, no glossy screens. That was the only other negative, and it was enough for me to wait. Matt surfaces, and a non-reflective screen is needed for an ultraportable. Period.

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