HP Pavilion dv2-1030ea - 12.1in Thin & Light Notebook - Application & Gaming Performance

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell



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Though the dv2 won't cope well with multi-tasking, it puts in a respectable performance - staying in touch with the Sony VAIO VGN-TT11WN despite it featuring a dual-core processor.

At what we deem enjoyable settings, the dv2 can't produce a playable frame rate. Turning down settings and resolution will allow you to play some games, but only very casually.


April 17, 2009, 3:23 pm

i think you should add "left 4 dead" to the laptop gaming benchmarks.

Brian ONeill

April 17, 2009, 6:09 pm

Does look nice, but at this price you would be better going for the dell xps 1330.

It seems the perfect lightweight 12 inch laptop is yet to be build. The dell 12 has potential, but it will probaully be a year before they get it right, with a nice ssd, led screen and and a good chipset.


April 17, 2009, 6:28 pm

don't really get the point of this. it's not cheap like an apire one and it's way too underpowered for 𧼐. i got my 13 inch HP DV3 for 𧼚 and that's centrino 2 with a P8400 and 3GB of RAM and only an inch bigger. this just seems like the kind of netbook that Apple would make although maybe for a 𧴜 more.


April 17, 2009, 7:16 pm

I think the term you're looking for is sub-notebook? That's what they are usually classed as in publications.

Andy Vandervell

April 17, 2009, 7:35 pm

@darkspark88: It seems the most logical term, but then netbooks were called "sub-notebooks", so there's grounds for confusion there. Fundamentally, all this is an ultra-portable notebook with a single-core rather than a dual-core processor. Does that make it below (sub) a notebook? I don't know. This is still a notebook form-factor after all.


April 17, 2009, 7:44 pm

"One area where the dv2 easily surpasses a netbook, however, is in its connectivity - purely for the fact it has an HDMI output"

I just bought a Dell Mini 10 and that has HDMI.

Andy Vandervell

April 17, 2009, 8:26 pm

True, but the Mini 10 is the exception rather than the rule.

Lance Uppercut

April 17, 2009, 8:51 pm

What about Neatbook?

And I want royalties if it takes off . . .


April 18, 2009, 12:02 am

@ ravmania - are you happy with your hp dv3 (3***?), because i'm not, really. great performance, in my opinion, couldn't really ask for more from a lappy this size. but rather poor battery life, fingerprint magnet, glossy keyboard (who thought a glossy keyboard was a good idea?), rubbish glossy screen and pretty shoddy build quality. plus i paid a tenner more from my local store. plus the "faux chrome" scratches too easily to reveal a sickening beige unpainted plastic.


April 18, 2009, 3:36 pm


I've got a DV3507ea. Mine's the brown one and fingerprints aren't really an issue. The keyboard is a bit annoying sometimes as you can't see what the letter on the key is from some angles. Definitely a flaw but one I can live with. Glossy screens are annoying but then that's pretty much most laptops these days. At least it's an LED screen though and it looks great when watching some HD video. It is a bit delicate I must admit. I haven't scratched the chrome but there is some flex when you squeeze the machine. Overall I'm very happy with it though. For the price there wasn't another 13 incher around that compared spec wise. And the brown one does look great with the imprint finish. Just gotta be gentle with it.

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