HP Pavilion dv2 - Neo Goes on a Diet


Thin Is In

Thin is In

If last year was the year of the mini-notebooks, then this year (well, so far) seems to be the year of the cheap ultralight and ultrathin notebooks. While you may expect to find that some of these ultraportables are basically reusing the same hardware (the Intel Atom processor and chipset) found on the mini-notebooks, there are of course notebooks that don't actually venture down this same route. Some may use a slightly more expensive Intel Core 2 Duo/Solo ULV processor, or some may end up doing what HP has just done with the HP Pavilion dv2 - use AMD's Neo processors instead.

Now, HP has never shied from using AMD on their consumer and business grade mobile notebooks, so you'll find that the HP Pavilion dv2 is no exception. In fact, it's the only notebook currently around to be using the recently launched AMD Yukon platform (which uses the Athlon Neo processors), so there are a lot of expectations. While obviously, it's no AMD Bobcat yet, as a stopgap measure however, the Yukon platform is expected to perform much better than the Intel Atom which we intend to find out in this review of the dv2.

Before we go straight into the more performance orientated pages however, let's take a step back with some pretty pictures and the specifications:-

The HP Pavilion dv2, all shiny and ready for our fingerprints!

The front uses a beveled edge to simulate the appearance of thinness, while also concealing the stereo Altec Lansing speakers.

The right profile is slim yet packed with enough space for the power switch, WiFi switch, 4-in-1 card reader, audio jacks, USB 2.0 port and the power jack.

The left side is where the bulk of your ports are located and feature two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI out, analog video out and the LAN port.