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

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell

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Summary

Our Score:

7

Since we've just touched upon the various versions of the dv2, we may as well complete the picture. Our version, the second of three, will retail for £599 and features the same AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 processor that all the models do. This runs at 1.6GHz and sports 512KB L2 cache. This is joined by discrete ATI Mobility Radeon 3410 graphics with 512MB dedicated memory, a capacious 320GB 5,400rpm hard drive and 2GB RAM - just as well given the system comes loaded with Windows Vista Home Premium.

Below this model there's the dv2-1010ea. This will retail for £499 and this comes with 1GB RAM, a 160GB hard drive and integrated ATI Radeon X1250 graphics. It also comes loaded with Vista Home Basic, instead of Home Premium, due presumably to the RAM complement. One can't help but feel, however, that this drop down in specification is more severe than the £100 price difference suggests. Given HP has opted for Vista, 2GB RAM should be the minimum.

Finally, for those with deeper pockets, there's the dv2-1035ea. This will retail for £699 and offers 4GB RAM and a whopping 500GB capacity hard drive which, like all the other models, features free-fall protection that locks the drive heads should a fall be detected. Apart from this it shares all the same features as the models below it. This means Wireless-G Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, 10/100 Ethernet and an integrated webcam, which could only be improved upon with the addition of Draft-N Wi-Fi - something that can be found in some netbooks.

One area where the dv2 easily surpasses a netbook, however, is in its connectivity - purely for the fact it has an HDMI output. This can be found on the left alongside an Ethernet port, VGA out, and two USB ports. On the right, meanwhile, there's a memory card reader, headphone and microphone jacks, one further USB port, the power input and a lock slot.

It continues its superiority when it comes to the screen which, as touched upon earlier, is a 1,280 x 800 resolution effort. It's also LED backlit, aiding thinness as well as providing a welcome boost to the overall brightness. All told, we were very impressed by the display. Despite a little banding in colour gradients, it produces rich and pleasing colours, decent black levels and very good viewing angles. Our only perennial complaint is the glossy finish to the screen, which does become an issue in environments with strong light sources.

ilovethemonkeyhead

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.

rav

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.

jingyeow

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.

Edammer

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 . . .

ilovethemonkeyhead

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.

rav

April 18, 2009, 3:36 pm

@ilovethemonkeyhead


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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